Curtis Barnes, Sr., Self-Study, 1978, oil on canvas, 44 x 44 in., courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: John Sousa.

Curtis Barnes, Sr., Portrait of Dorothy (Woman in Red), 1979, 62 x 45 in., courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: John Sousa.

Curtis Barnes, Sr., Portrait of members of the Westwood Community Center, 1992-1998, courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: John Sousa.

Curtis Barnes, Sr.: Love & Peace

April 30–July 17, 2021

The Dr. Robert L. Brandt Jr., Family Gallery and the T. Chase Hale and Jon A. Hale Gallery

Consisting largely of portraits by the late, great educator, mentor, and Dayton legend, Curtis Barnes, Sr., an underappreciated and prolific artist who exemplified a generation of black painters who came of age in the 1960s through the 1990s, and whose contributions are still deeply felt today. The exhibition is curated by Michael Goodson and Zachary Armstrong who worked closely with Barnes’ family to restore and present this never-before-exhibited installation of the faces that moved and motivated this great artist: the Westwood Community portraits, portraits of his immediate family, and, importantly, stolid yet moving images of his own visage which collectively act as a portrait of time and a life dedicated to painting.

Additional Programs & Initiatives

All public programs free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. In-person event capacity determined by current COVID restriction protocol.

Inaugural Event | Friday, April 30, 2021
5:30 pm–7 pm: Members Preview
7 pm–10 pm: Opening Party

Curator’s Tour
Second Saturdays at 2 pm: May 8, June 12, July 10

In Studio: Curtis Barnes, Sr.
April 29, 7 pm | Exclusively Online
The premiere of The Co’s short film series includes an in-depth look at the artist through the eyes of Dayton-area friends. Register at thecontemporarydayton.org

Curtis Barnes, Sr. Friends & Family Celebration
Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3 pm

Sponsors

PRESENTING
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton
PNC

EXHIBITION PARTNERS
Curtis Barnes, Jr. and Family
Sally Struthers

EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAM
Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Exhibition Sponsorships & Benefits

SPONSOR NOW

$25,000 Presenting Sponsor
• Name of Company or Family Name Presents: Curtis Barnes, Sr.
• Level 4 recognition on exhibition wall and website
• All benefits listed below

$10,000 Inaugural Catalogue Series Sponsor
• Logo and name on title page
• Level 3 recognition on exhibition wall and website
• All benefits listed below

$5,000 Digital Sponsor
• Web page banner
• All benefits listed below

$2,500 Exhibition Partner
• Level 2 recognition on exhibition intro wall and website;
Level 2 is 2” vinyl company logo on exhibition wall and on sponsor section of website
• All benefits listed below

$1,500 Public Program Partner
• Level 1 recognition on exhibition intro wall and website;
Level 1 is 1” vinyl company logo on exhibition wall and on sponsor section of website
• All benefits listed below

$500 Exhibition Friend
• Recognition on gallery signage, all print and digital materials
• Invitation to Sponsor Preview

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