About the Exhibit
The Art of Women of Culture…
The Black Indigenous Women Of Culture (BIWOC) in the community of
Musea began their journey together in 2021. We met monthly, engaging the
question: “What is the authentic expression of our identity?”
When we wanted a theme for an art call that would showcase our collective
works, we chose the iconic image of Carnaval to represent the process and
journey of coming into a cultural identity.
The spirit that comes alive at Carnaval time can be found in many countries
throughout the world. It is a beautiful expression of joy and community,
celebrating together the fullness of life with abandon. It is also a time when
the veil between the physical and ancestral worlds is particularly porous
The paintings featured in this exhibit “The Carnaval Of Spirit Love” are an
answer to that call.
Together, we invite you to experience the honoring of ancestral lineages,
connect with the cultural story of each artist, and celebrate the spirit and
beauty of women of color and culture.
This exhibit is a collaborative project with curation from the BIWOC
leadership team including: Elder Semerit Strachan, Elder Lauren Adorno-
Weatherford, Sumaiyah Yates, Milagros Suriano-Rivera, in coordination
with Musea Curator, Shiloh Sophia and Curatorial Director, Amber Gould.
Welcome to the Gallery. We hope you enjoy the show!
Additional Cultural Works
Women of Color ‘Pass the Paintbrush’
Exhibit Image Gallery
Enjoy reading the story of each painting…
The video in this section showcases each piece of art with the writing that accompanies the artwork.
Please click on each image (below the video) to enjoy a view of the complete painting as well as the artist’s name and what she has titled her work.
Gallery Presentation and Writings
Thank you for witnessing the exhibit.
We invite you to leave your comments and reflections below!
Special thanks to:
Elders Semerit Strachan and Lauren Adorno-Weatherford – BIWOC Leadership and Curators
Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates – Exhibit Site Design and Co-Curator
Milagros Suriano-Rivera – Co-Curator
The BIWOC Membership
I was admiring all of the paintings, and then I saw my own….what a feeling that came over me. I hadn’t realized it was actually in the exhibit…amen
And thank you!
.I watched this presentation again today & I am in awe at the diversity beauty and creativity of the BIWOC group of artists, Thank you all so very much for sharing your stories, music, dances, cultures, paintings. Incredible Beauty 🥰❤️🔥🤩😍🥳
This is an incredible collection of Beauty, Story, Voices and Extraordinary Women. Thank you all so much for telling your story and inviting me into the space. Love to each of you and your ancestors.
This was more than beautiful to my eyes as the painting and words touched my soul. As a writer and a creative explorer in the arts, I salute you beautiful women to continue to speak and paint your truth. it was liberating for me to see and hear your stories of honoring your ancestors and your place in the world today. Go forth creating and being the best you. I see you and you matter more than you can ever imagine, with or without a paintbrush in your hand. Thank you for sharing!
Arte lindissima ! Thanks for sharing your art .
What a beautiful expression of identity, ancestry, color, and vibrant life! I am bowled over by the depth you share in the wonderful artifacts of your soul work. Thank you so much for sharing them in this Carnival of Spirit Love! I am grateful to be able to view it.
The pictures are beautiful. Very inspiring.
Tears flowing as I write this. Thank you to this amazing community of artistas. I see you and the ancestors are very pleased. Your words, your colors, your nuanced textures, from places in your heart, are the most beautiful artifacts for a legacy beyond time. I am deeply moved by this exhibit. May your courageous light continue to shine!