Join Inlandia Institute and Riverside Art Museum for a fascinating conversation with artist and educator Richard Allen May III, artist Charles Bibbs, and author and educator Romaine Washington as they seek to inform, encourage, and inspire other Black artists in the region. This discussion is part of Inlandia’s ongoing Blacklandia event series, and Ms. Washington will highlight the careers of these successful Black male Inland Empire artists – while reaching out to new and aspiring creatives. Audience participants will be invited to submit ekphrastic poems (poems written in response to a work of art) as inspired by two different works provided by the artists.
Artist and educator, Richard Allen May III comes with a wealth of knowledge about the AfriCOBRA Movement, having written the forward to AfriCOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought, published by Duke University, 2020. He is a staff writer at Artillery magazine and his work has been displayed in art galleries throughout the Inland Empire, as well as exhibits throughout the United States. May has taught courses in community colleges, universities, and prisons and will discuss his artwork in the context of community. https://richardmayart.com/
Charles Bibbs is a renowned artist who has had his work exhibited throughout the United States. His art has been featured in movies and shows and he has garnered numerous awards. Charles Bibbs is a gallery owner, publisher, mentor, entrepreneur, and a long-time resident of the Inland Empire. https://www.cbibbs.com/
Romaine Washington, M. Ed. is the author of Purgatory has an Address (Bamboo Dart Press, 2021) and Sirens in Her Belly (Jamii Publications, 2015). She has been published in a wide variety of anthologies and periodicals, including the San Bernardino, Singing anthology edited by Nikia Chaney (2020) and Cholla Needles 32, 36 and 39, edited by Richard Soos. Ms. Washington has presented her work on NPR and KPFK, and elsewhere.