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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 theDelaware 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.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.