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Artist aims to capture and promote stories of Milwaukee’s black artists

New York artist Heather Hart is holding two roundtable sessions during a weeklong visit to Mount Mary University.

By - Aug 29th, 2017 03:06 pm
Artist aims to capture and promote stories of Milwaukee’s black artists. Photo courtesy of Mount Mary University.

Artist aims to capture and promote stories of Milwaukee’s black artists. Photo courtesy of Mount Mary University.

MILWAUKEE, WI (August 29, 2017) – New York artist Heather Hart, who has facilitated cultural dialog among underrepresented artists through her Black Lunch Table project, is holding two sessions during a weeklong visit to Mount Mary University.

  • Black Lunch Table for artists 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 in the Marian Art Gallery – Mount Mary University invites visual artists and visual art workers with a connection to the Milwaukee area to discuss their cultural histories and experiences around a dinner table. Conversations will be recorded and transcribed for an archive of oral histories that Hart and collaborator Jina Valentine are compiling and sharing online for future use by researchers and academics interested in these first-person accounts by black artists.
  • Black Lunch Table community roundtable 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Marian Art Gallery, Mount Mary University – This Black Lunch Table session is open to the public and will include focused conversations on the connections and divisions that exist within our communities. Conversations will be recorded and transcribed for the online archive.

These roundtable sessions support Mount Mary’s commitment to social justice, as they foster candid conversations and “lay out new productive relationships to continue the movement for dismantling institutional racism,” said Marian Gallery curator Josh Anderson.

To further promote awareness of underrepresented artists, Hart will also lead a Wikipedia edit-a-thon 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 in the Haggerty Library, Mount Mary University, one of a number of sessions taking place around the country to engage the public in creating, updating and improving Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of minority visual artists. Visit the website for more information.

Hart’s exhibit of drawings at the Marian Gallery, “Remember This House,” is on display through October 6. Hart will also offer a lecture on her work at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 on campus, followed by a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Marian Gallery. For a list of hours and more information visit

Mount Mary University is an urban Catholic university committed to social justice and the development of the whole person. Founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it is the first four-year, degree-granting Catholic institution for women in Wisconsin. Today it serves a minority-majority population and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and nine graduate programs for women and men in four schools: Arts & Design, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education, Natural & Health Sciences and Business. Mount Mary creates bold women who transform the world. #HerestotheBold

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