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Open call for Black artists for new exhibit opening at The Sold Firm in August

Image by DCAD photography student Adriana Dumphrey
The Sold Firm - a Black-owned gallery in Wilmington - put out an open call to Black artists for a new exhibition next month - called “Pendulum Swing.”";s:

A Black-owned gallery in Wilmington - The Sold Firm - is seeking works from Black artists for a new exhibition opening August 1, 2020.



Nataki Oliver founded The Sold Firm in 2018 to exhibit contemporary and modern emerging artists.

Now she’s doing something a little different; she’s looking for Black artists for a group exhibition.


“The exhibit is (called) “Pendulum Swing,” said Oliver. "And the reason why I chose this - if anyone knows a pendulum and the swing of it is - it’s based on balance. And you want to have a perfect swing of the ball or multiple balls in the pendulum in order to get a good movement and a smooth balance.”

Oliver notes the exhibit is intended to show society is off balance, in an environment that’s thrown everyone for a “loop” and opened more eyes to the fact that racism exists. 


“It’s really a labor of love. And I have to say that there’s a lot of first in this - this is the first time I’m doing a group exhibit and this is the first time I’m actually having a guest curator work with me on a project.”

The guest curator is DCAD photography student Adriana Dumphrey.

Oliver hopes submitting artists will use their favorite medium to express hurt, exhaustion, joy, magic, life, death, oppression or resilience - just to name a few. 

The deadline for artists to get involved with the project is Sun, July 12 at 11:59 pm. More info is available at The Sold Firm's website.


The exhibiton is scheduled to open Saturday, August 1 at 5 p.m.


Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.