A comic book panel from Steven Christian, one of 20 predominantly Black artists whose work is featured in the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibit at Portland State University.

A comic book panel from Steven Christian, one of 20 predominantly Black artists whose work is featured in the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibit at Portland State University.

Steven Christian

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A new art exhibit at Portland State University showcases 20 artists exploring themes of Black identity, resistance and resilience. The individual exhibits span varied media - from augmented reality comic book panels to vibrantly colored canvases. Amid the racial justice protests catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd in 2020, philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer created a program to award grants of $2,500 each to 60 artists in Oregon and Washington. We talk with J’reyesha Brannon and Steven Christian, two of the artists selected for the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University. The exhibit is free to attend and runs through April.

Editorial note: OPB receives funds from The Harold and Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer CARE Foundation.

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