Afro Excellence

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#AfroArtMN is a series of pop-up shows and events dedicated to showcasing and supporting talented people of color in all forms of art disciplines.

Join us on February 16th, 2016 to kick off the series with Afro Excellence, an art reception and pop-up dedicated to the works of these four brilliant artists:

Leslie Barlow is a practicing artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Primarily an oil painter, Barlow's current work uses the figure and narrative elements to talk about issues related to multiculturalism, "otherness", and identity.Barlow has exhibited her work throughout the Midwest and has received numerous awards for her paintings. She will be appearing in the season 7 television segment of tpt's Minnesota Original, airing early 2016. In the fall of 2016, her work can also be seen at the new US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, where she was commissioned by the Vikings team to create 6 portrait paintings of iconic Vikings players. Read more about her work

Bobby Rogers: is a visual artist whose work creates a liaison between the world of design and fine art. As a traditionally trained illustrator and self-taught photographer, he creates intensely expressive, celestial, and emotive work exploring the technical extremes of the subject and art forms to exhibit visions reminiscent of nostalgia, vitality, and elegance. Read his complete bio and see his work

Ben Currie is a freelance illustrator, originally from a small town in the Chicago area who now lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. His work, heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuts, focuses strongly on narrative and concept. By using bold line work and limited color he illustrates the struggle of the human condition with a twist. With his main interests in editorial work, Ben also has experience with album cover design, t-shirt design, posters and skate deck design. More at

Malanda Jean-Claude is an author and speaker, whose most recent book "Because of a Woman" was a trending topic. In his book delivered with witty metaphors, Malanda allows for his readers to embark on a journey with him. Every page is a layer of truth as he fights to understand himself and his counterparts redefining what it is to be a man in a ‘stoic-male’ society. He was recently invited to speak at Howard University.

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