Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Stay Fly
CityCenterDC, Washington, DC, United States09 Feb 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards will transform CulturalDC’ s Mobile Art Gallery. Running February 8—April 13, as part of CulturalDC’s 20th Anniversary Season, Stay Fly engages viewers around the concepts of haute couture and status symbols. Like her paintings, the exhibit draws attention to the historical and often complex relationship between Black consumers and luxury goods.
Jamea’s colorful, textured portraits are inspired by the flamboyant style of the 90’s, growing up in Detroit, Michigan and Ebony magazine’s “Fashion Fair” spreads, which featured beautiful Black models dressed in the latest couture.
She will transform CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery with large and small-scale collages, and personal designer items. Stay Fly finds a home amongst the high-end retailers at CityCenterDC.
“Jamea’s installation in particular highlights the potential of CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery. We are providing a unique opportunity for an artist to display their work directly next to the subjects they are in conversation with. We’re also thinking critically about other artistic disciplines, like fashion, and their representation in our curatorial repertoire,” says Kristi Maiselman, Executive Director of CulturalDC.
Richmond-Edward’s work has garnered the attention of art critics including the Washington Post and the Huffington Post’s “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.” She is the recipient of a 2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
“We are excited about our on-going relationship with CulturalDC through the 10th installation of the Mobile Art Gallery. We welcome the opportunity to showcase emerging artists here at CityCenterDC and to support the dialogue that thought-provoking art fosters,” said Timothy R. Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC.
Jamea Richmond-Edwards was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from Jackson State University in 2004, where she studied painting and drawing. Jamea went on to earn an MFA from Howard University in 2012. Throughout 2019, her work will be on view in the Rubell Museum in Miami. Jamea has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally including the Delaware Art Museum, California African American Museum, Charles Wright Museum in Detroit MI and her current representation Kravets Wehby Gallery. Her work has been highlighted in Art News, Departures and NY Mag’ s The Cut. She resides in MD with her husband and three sons.