ABOUT DIASPORAL RHYTHMS
—Dan Parker, Founder
seeks to build a passionate group of collectors engaged in actively collecting visual art created by contemporary artists of the African Diaspora as well as to expand the appreciation of those artists’ work.
is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization comprised of over 50 passionate collectors engaged in the collection of visual art created by contemporary artists of the African diaspora. The organization was founded in 2003 by Carol J. Briggs, Joan Crisler, Patric McCoy and Daniel T. Parker as a direct result of a panel discussion earlier at the South Side Art Center’s Collectors’ Forum where a spirited discussion demonstrated the need for organized action by art collectors to expand the appreciation of contemporary visual art created by artists of the African diaspora. Since its inception, Diasporal Rhythms has continuously worked to accomplish its goal of growing the organization and expanding the appreciation of our visual arts culture—and the contemporary artists who create it—by hosting workshops, seminars, tours and special events, including:
- 2003: the Inaugural Collectors’ Invitational
- 2004: a memorial tribute to Jeff Donaldson, artist, art activist and co-founder of the AfriCOBRA movement
- 2005: book release for Daniel Texidor Parker’s African The Diaspora and Beyond
- 2006: a Collectors’ Invitational weekend at Chicago State University, including the posthumous induction of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable
- 2007: an Evening with Jonathan Green
- 2008, 2010 and 2012: Artist Salons supporting Hyde Park Art Center’s :”Not Just Another Pretty Face”
- Annually: collectors’ trips to art events in various U.S. cities
- Annually: receptions for visiting artists and art groups: internationally recognized artists Jonathan Green; master printmaker Ron Adams; Black Panther Party Minister of Culture Emory Douglas; San Francisco /Oakland Salon 10 art group; and the St. Louis Art Museum Support Group
…and so much more.
We are pleased to again honor five artists in Diasporal Rhythms’ Collectors’ Invitational, a year-long celebration of outstanding African-American artists chosen through our unique selection process. Our 2013-2014 honorees are:
- Peter N. Gray
- Candace Hunter (chlee)
- Dayo Laoye
- Tony Wade
- Raub Welch
Events during this fall will include programming related to the Logan Art Center exhibit. We invite you to join us as we begin our second decade of celebrating the contributions of artists of the African diaspora.