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Exhibition: Black Art Matters

Black Art Matters

Inspired by the nationwide unrest in response to systemic racism and violence against people of color, the Department of Art and Design is hosting an artistic response to the injustices faced by the Black community. The goals of this exhibit are to be a vehicle for often unheard voices and to support the drive toward positive change on the MSU campus, the Rowan County community, and the state of Kentucky.
  • Exhibit dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 2021
  • Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m.
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Toya Northington: Executive Director, artThrust, Community Engagement Strategist at Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY. Northington, BFA, Georgia State University and MSc in Social Work, University of Louisville. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Georgia and Kentucky, and in recent years has been involved in a number of public art projects in Louisville. She is the recipient of Art Meets Activism, Artist Enrichment, and The Special grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2012, Toya founded an art-based, mental health and social justice organization that was the first non-profit organization that employed art-based, trauma-informed programming to the address the psychosocial needs of Black girls and LGBTQ+ youth in Louisville, KY.


  • Exhibit dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 2021
  • Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m.
  • Deadline for submission: June 15, 2021
  • Juror selects artworks: July 2021
  • Artwork due: Sept. 13-17, 2021
  • Install dates: Sept. 20-28, 2021
  • Return of Artwork: Oct. 25-29, 2021


Please direct questions regarding the exhibition and application process to Melissa Yungbluth, gallery director at