Diversity in Art Exhibition Features Fulton Ross
(January 2020) The profound creativity of Gale Fulton Ross is on exhibit in the show Spectrum: A Celebration of Artistic Diversity, presented by Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Curated by the design school’s Tim Jaeger, the show pulls together the works of a panoply of African American masters from the early 20th century to the present, showing off a range of styles, themes, and emotions that reflect significant historical and cultural influences.
Romare Bearden’s neo-cubist works are on display, as well as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s frenetic abstractions. The roster continues with greatness in the works of Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringhold, Charles White, Eleanor Merritt and more.
Two powerful pieces by Fulton Ross exemplify how the culture of black creativity carries on today. “Coming From Under the Mask” portrays the subtle interplay of racial identity in a demographically shifting America, challenging the viewer’s perception of boundaries.
“Modern Sojourner” is a Fulton Ross tour de force done in her signature figurative style, capturing the wisdom and strength of the family matriarch, a reprise of the theme of the artist's massive public art work entitled “One Story”.
The exhibition runs from January 13 through February 6, 2020 at the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota.