Dear Friends,

After closing suddenly in March, we were thrilled to reopen our doors in September and welcome visitors back to the Gallery. Yes, we are open! Although there will be challenges, we look forward to presenting another year of excellent exhibitions and art education for our community.

With the financial support of our membership, we are able to do big things in our little gallery. A good example of this was last year’s world premiere of Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art.  This exhibition featured works by artists of African descent who are at the forefront of the contemporary art world, including Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Jordan Casteel and many more, and explored social issues in the Black community.  Young, Gifted, and Black is now on tour and was recently featured in British Vogue and Architectural Digest.

“[M]y greatest joy seeing the collection on view at Concordia College was watching the other viewers make their own discoveries, and experience for themselves the transformative and revelatory power of art.”  

–Collector Bernard Lumpkin

One of our favorite things to do in the Gallery is bring in curators and specialists from top-tier art institutions for art talks.  We have hosted speakers from The Met, the Guggenheim, Sotheby’s and The Brant Foundation, among others. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus in-person art lectures in the Gallery are on hold this semester, but we look forward to resuming them as soon as it is advisable to do so. Members will enjoy discounted ticket prices to attend any in-person lectures and have special access to planned online programming.

In addition, under the auspices of the Gallery, the OSilas Art Studio continues to offer high-quality art instruction to aspiring artists from 5 to 85.  In person instruction, as well as remote instruction, is available.

I know many of you attended our Gala last February, one of the last major events before the March lockdown.  Thank you for making our benefit such a fun party and great success.  We will be moving our Gala to June 5 this year and keep fingers crossed that we will be able to get together with friends and neighbors once again to celebrate OSilas Gallery & Art Studio.  Please mark your calendars!

Please note that this year as a special thank you to our members, we are offering Members Only hours every Tuesday, 12 pm – 5 pm.  In addition, as a special benefit for those who join the 2021 membership at $1,000 and above, we are pleased to include a copy of the gorgeous coffee table companion book to the exhibition, Young, Gifted, and Black, with membership.

Your membership dollars help us continue to bring top-quality art and art education to our community, so please join or renew your membership today.  I hope we can count on you.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director