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Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Paper Stories, Layered Dreams, The Art of Euka Holmes
A lifelong resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Ekua Holmes (b. 1955) is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory, and resilience. This exhibition focuses on her award-winning children’s book illustrations—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love, and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery and representation.

The more than 40 works on view include original illustrations from Holmes’s published book projects: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (2015) by Carole Boston Weatherford, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, and Black Is a Rainbow Color (2020) by Angela Joy. The exhibition also features a selection of Holmes’s luminous illustrations for the recently released book Saving American Beach (2021) by Heidi Tyline King—on view for the first time—as well as a selection of her independent work, including portrait installation pieces.

Here are some links that might be helpful for viewers to explore prior to the event:

Ekua’s website: https://www.ekuaholmes.com/

Roxbury Sunflower Project: https://roxburysunflowerproject.tumblr.com/

Another exhibition that included some of Ekua’s work:

https://www.carlemuseum.org/explore-art/exhibitions/past-exhibition/picture-dream-story-civil-rights-movement-through-childrens

Just FYI - The Carle Museum also has some wonderful collage-related activities online: https://www.carlemuseum.org/education/making-art-together

Jan 6, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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