The 14th Annual Community Gala is going virtual! In celebration of the exhibition, Posing Beauty, Curator Dr. Deborah Willis will kick-off the opening with an exclusive sponsor-only lecture, plus a special Q&A hosted by the Gala Co-Chairs, Kathy Boles, and Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays. Proceeds directly support exhibitions and expand the African American art collection. 

Reframing Beauty within the African Diaspora: 1890-2020

January 30 @ 6p | Virtual Event | Sponsors-Only Lecture

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Deborah Willis

Dr. Deborah Willis
Dr. Deborah Willis

This presentation explores how photographic memory is central to the exploration of imaging the Black body by examining contemporary perspectives and historical representations in art and photography from the 19th century until now. Interweaving narratives on self-representation and desire, this lecture will deconstruct the gaze and contextualize the myriad portrayals of the Black body from cross-cultural encounters and artistic productions shaped by identity, racial politics, migration, beauty, and power. 

Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the Black body, women, and gender. 

2021 Sponsors

Communities First, Inc.Mott Community CollegeRama D. Rao MD Pain Management
Hurley Medical CenterMr. Milton & Dr. Brenda Rogers-GraysMiller Road Applebee's
Singh and Arora Oncology/Hematology P.C.HAPC&S Motors, Tri-County Trucks
Henry & Mary Allen Mrs. Edmund Brownell Consumers Energy 
Eric S. Peterson  Flint Public Library Friends of Berston  
Dr. Ramotsumi & Velynda MakheneDrs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala Plante Moran 
Alvern & Theresa (Stephens) Lock United Healthcare Community Plan Valley Area Agency on Aging 
Woodrow Stanley FoundationMr. & Mrs. Joe Hamo Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church 
Elga Credit Union PNC Bank
Honorable Floyd Clack & Honorable Brenda Clack Eric Gasper - Edward Jones Gary & Carol Hurand 
Lynne Hurand In My Mother's Garden - Interior Design by Edith Withey Mrs. Nina Jones-Lewis 
Olmsted Associates, Inc. Chuck & Kathryn Sharbaugh Dr. Sharon A. Simeon & Mr. Marshall H. Sanders, Jr. 
Glenn & Essence Wilson Todd & Lisa Wiseley Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Zeta Beta Zeta Chapter 
James & Kathryn C. Boles Ann & Khalil Saab Mr. & Mrs. Edward Walterhouse & Family 
Mr. Craig & Mrs. Lennetta Coney The Greater Flint Chapter of the Pierians, Inc. Dr. Gary K. Johnson 
Sunil K. Kaushal M.D. P.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Flint Alumnae Chapter Sean & Eureka McCormick 
Jermarx & Tabitha Marsh The Flint Area (MI) Chapter of The Links Incorporated Mr. & Mrs. Dwight & Lisa Rogers
Shelley Spivack & Linda Pylypiw The Cho$en Few Corporation East Michigan Eye Center 
Joseph Green & Jeanette Mansour
Ms. Maria Gonzalez & Mr. Glen Adams H. Michael Parker 
Kathryn Moeller Jim & Jane Richardson 
Dr. Jay & Jan Werschky
Dr. & Mrs. Tom & Linda Belford Mrs. Celestia Bell National Multicultural Diversity Day & Institute 
Devinder K. Bhrany, M.D. Zelton Johnson Hoffs Healthy Book LLC  
Kathryn Linehan Mr. & Mrs. Willie & Kimberly Robbins III Alpha Phi Alpha Epsilon Upsilon Lambda Chapter (Flint alumni)
Carolyn Turner Terry TurnerIndia S. Brown 
Hallanna C. Brown Debrah & Jeffrey Chimovitz Shirley W. Johnson 
Tom & Kay Lillie