Black Woman’s Affinity Group’s “Restoring the Black Woman” Exhibit Focuses on Healing and Rebirth

"Natural Woman" by artist DanRen Morris features a Black woman with butterflies in her hair, with African and Jamaican flags in the foreground.

Experience “Restoring the Black Woman” at the Dzigbodi Akyea Art Exhibit hosted by the Black Women’s Affinity Group (BWAG) at Madison College on Feb. 1. 

Meet the extraordinary and innovative artists at Thursday’s opening ceremony and celebrate Black History Month.  

Milwaukee-based acrylic artist Bolanle Awosika creates canvases that inspire love, hope, joy, and peace, to heal the soul.  

The Los Angeles-born visual and spoken word artist Althea René Miller-Sims describes her work as a chrysalis to spur healing and rebirth. Rooted in Black feminism, the Fitchburg artist mirrors the world that alienates but through her art demonstrates that Black women are never alone. 

Dr. Crystasany R. Turner celebrates the beauty and nuances of Black womanhood while challenging the intersections of race, gender, and spirituality. “I hope my journey and art will inspire other Black women to honor every aspect of their existence-spirits, mind, and bodies—both within and beyond institutional spaces,” Turner says. 

DarRen Morris’ “Natural Woman” selected as the exhibit’s promotional image, shines with the artist’s African-Jamaican roots, spiritual beliefs, and the reality of being imprisoned for life. The painting shows a Black woman with butterflies in her hair, surrounded by yellow flowers.

For the Madison College and the local community, the annual BWAG art exhibit has a powerful impact on the Black woman community, says Black Women’s Affinity Group President Chevon Bowen. 

"’Restoring the Black Women" aims to provide Black women both within and outside our institution the opportunity to process the harm they may or may not realize is forced upon them, and to provide insight on strategies we can use to protect our spirit, our dignity, and our sanity,” says Bowen, a workplace culture strategist at Madison College. “Our gallery event centers our community and showcases the vital need for institutions to adopt systems and structures that truly propel equity and justice in the pursuit of higher learning." 

Event Details

The Black Women’s Affinity Group 3rd Annual Dzigbodi Akyea Art Exhibit at the Gallery at Truax, 1701 Wright St.  

Artist Theme: Restoring the Black Woman 

Opening ceremony: Thursday, Feb. 1 

5:30-6:30 p.m. Networking/food service 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Program 
7:30-8:30 p.m. Gallery viewing/networking

The opening ceremony and exhibit are free, and the public is welcome. Reserve free opening ceremony tickets at Eventbrite. Exhibit on display: Feb. 2-29, 2024 

The Art Gallery is located on the mezzanine in the entrance of the Truax Building Room A1005, 1701 Wright St., Madison. Gallery hours: Monday 9 am - 6 pm, Tuesday 9-11 am, 2:30-6 pm, Wednesday 9 am-5 pm, Thursday 9 am - 6 pm, Friday 11 am-3 pm. Closed weekends. Guests may park in the visitor or student lots.