MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

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Geralyn Thompson and World Series trophy -- by John Wheeler
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Geralyn Thompson and World Series trophy

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2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

DJ Nick Nonstop Nicholson

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Balcony view of guests -- Alison Neidt Toonen
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Thomas Davenport, Kristin Beal, Kam Buckner and Ashley Floyd
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Thomas Davenport, Kristin Beal, Kam Buckner and Ashley Floyd

2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Terika Richardson and Dr. Ibe Mbanze
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Terika Richardson and Dr. Ibe Mbanze

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2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Stephanie Wang-Kochlefl and John Kochlefl
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Stephanie Wang-Kochlefl and John Kochlefl

2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Pat and David Mosena, Peggy Montes
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Pat and David Mosena, Peggy Montes

2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Black Creativity 2017_Nadia Quarles, Maureen Jackson, Smita Shah and Dr. Suzet McKinney
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Nadia Quarles, Maureen Jackson, Smita Shah and Dr. Suzet McKinney

Kim Evans-Cole, Mark Killion, Dr. Airies Davis, America Baez -- by John Wheeler
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Kim Evans-Cole, Mark Killion, Dr. Airies Davis, America Baez

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2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Kelli Change and LaGena Cain
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Kelli Change and LaGena Cain

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Elois Joseph, Bevon Joseph
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Elois Joseph, Bevon Joseph

2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Demetrius Nash and Kiara Byrd
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Demetrius Nash and Kiara Byrd

David and Patricia Mosena, Cheryl Harris, Brian Booker
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

David and Patricia Mosena, Cheryl Harris, Brian Booker

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2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

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Chris Spencer (Emcee) address crowd -- by John Wheeler
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Chris Spencer

Charise Williams and Kadia Johnson -- by John Wheelerz
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Charise Williams and Kadia Johnson

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Michael Nordman
MSI Chicago’s Black Creativity Celebrates Diversity In Science and Art

Michael Nordman

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Right before the start of Black History Month, The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago kicked it off with their annual Black Creativity Juried Art exhibition opening gala which was attended by over 600 guests the evening of January 28. 

David and Patricia Mosena, Cheryl Harris, Brian Booker
David and Patricia Mosena, Cheryl Harris, Brian Booker

The fundraising gala, planned in collaboration with a committee of prominent African-American leaders here in Chicago was chaired by Cheryl Harris-SVP of Sourcing and Procurement Solutions at Allstate, emceed by Chris Spencer, singing by the Chicago Children’s Choir; and raised $400,000 that will go towards supporting Black Creativity programming and events, which pay tribute to the culture, heritage and science contributions of African Americans and help motivate youth in the sciences.

2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Thomas Davenport, Kristin Beal, Kam Buckner and Ashley Floyd

Guests began the night with cocktails and bubbly while checking out the different art works ranging from those created by students for the youth category to works by aspiring and seasoned artists, all selected by the Black Creativity juror which included: Sheridan Tucker, Phillip Scott Sinclair, Ron. B. Thompson, Lashaun Tines and chaired by SAIC’s president Elisa Tenny.

Kim Evans-Cole, Mark Killion, Dr. Airies Davis, America Baez -- by John Wheeler
Kim Evans-Cole, Mark Killion, Dr. Airies Davis, America Baez

Following dinner and networking gala style, in the main Rotunda, it was time let loose and enjoy entertainment from Dante Hall and dancing the night away with DJ Nick “Nonstop” Nicholson. One lucky attendee even won a brand new Lexus.
2017 Black Creativity juried art exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

 

The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition features more than 100 dynamic works from both professional and amateur African-American artists from around the country, including artworks from youth artists and it is open at the Museum of Science and Industry through February 19. See more photos in the gallery above.

 

photo credits: John Wheeler; J.B. Spector; Alison Neidt Toonen; Kasumi Chow
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