Roundtable Charlotte: (Special Edition) Black Blooded art exhibit (LIVE)


Roundtable Charlotte is a video series from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s digital branch. The library is committed to improving lives and building a stronger community. Roundtable Charlotte will explore a different topic regularly, focusing on issues that effect the Charlotte Mecklenburg region. This month we have a special edition with a LIVE recording of a discussion from June 28th, 2018 at Main Library. In this video, we have a panel of black women, the artists and the curator of the Black Blooded exhibit. The exhibit was hosted at The New Gallery of Modern Art in uptown Charlotte this summer (exhibit is now over). It was built like a family photo album with close to 70 pieces by 50 artists. The group exhibition demonstrated the diversity and nuance within narratives of tradition, consanguinity, and origin. Enjoy this public conversation with artists Stephanie J. Woods, Brianna RobinsonCarmen Neely , and curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss about their work, life, and education and how it tied into the show Black Blooded. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss


Jessica Gaynelle Moss is an artist, writer and entrepreneur. As an ardent advocate for artists, arts education and communities of color, in 2016 she founded The Roll Up, a national network of art incubators embedded in neighborhoods across the United States. Prior, she served as the Creative Director of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC and earlier, on the senior management team at Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, IL.

Brianna Robinson

Brianna Robinson is a fine art photographer who works primarily digital and in studio, but is not limited in her art exploration. Highly influenced by successful black artists such as Lorna Simpson, she gears her work towards issues surrounding the African American community and/or her own identity and personal struggles. Brianna Robinson was born in 1994 in Lakenheath, England and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her BFA in Photography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Robinson has had work exhibited in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design and the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City. She has also had work exhibited in the Goodyear Gallery in Charlotte as well as received the 2nd place award in the 2017 Art Kudos International Art Competition.

Carmen Neely

Carmen Neely, earned a MFA in studio art from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016, and a BFA in painting from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012. Recent exhibitions and awards include “it makes it more so if you say so”, Jane Lombard Gallery, NY; my fossil /my echo / my excess / my scrap, MX Gallery, NY; 17 feet away, Lump, Raleigh, NC; and an artist residency at Vermont Studio Center. Neely is represented by Jane Lombard Gallery, NY. She lives andworks in Greensboro, NC.

Stephanie J. Woods

Stephanie J. Woods’ (b. 1990, Charlotte, North Carolina) is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, and video. Her work is rooted in Black American culture and urges us to consider how we accept and enforce gender roles, racial signifiers, and beauty standards as the social norm. Woods is a 2015 MFA graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an educator at VCUarts in the Arts Foundations program. She has attended Penland School of Crafts, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ residency and has received fellowships from South Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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