Artist: Dare (pronounced DahRay) Kumolu-Johnson

Artist Statement:

In my work, I love to tell stories that speak to people especially stories of black people. When I am capturing images, my guiding words to myself are, “Forget your photos; tell me a story.” I am a Nigerian immigrant who came here ignorant of the plight of black people in this country. However, over the years, I have come to understand the social and racial injustice consistently meted out on African Americans. Understanding this unfairness and seeing the work of Gordon Parks has compelled me to show the beauty of black people from all facets and walks of life even in more ways than I ever did. My goal is to show the humanity of all black people (here in the US and all over the world). I love capturing black people and I, often, get totally lost in it. It’s the only time I forget everything else going on in my life.

My approach to creating images involves observing the available light and maximizing it in telling the stories I see and/or feel in my environment. I also make use of artificial light as I see fit.

Another major aspect of my work ensures that I use beautiful compositions to create stories and convey the messages behind them.

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Past Artists

The Foundation has had the pleasure of having the works of these fine local artists on display in our gallery in past exhibits. We encourage you to visit their websites, go see their art in person, and learn more about their artwork and journeys. Let them know we sent you!

  • Dare (pronounced DahRay) Kumolu-Johnson - photographer using beautiful compositions to create stories
  • Lakeshia Reid - paintings that  celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of Black women
  • Sharron Parker - handmade felt works by Triangle-based artist
  • Annie Nashold - paintings with a focus on local connections through interviews, conversation, and community
  • Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp - photography with a wet plate collodion process used to help engage the community and bring people together
  • Sass Art - painter focused on exploring the complexities of femme identity through up-close portraits
  • Moriah LeFebvre - mixed media focused on the changes in downtown Durham
  • Veronique Moses - photographer, documentary work
  • William Thomas - painter focused on representations of diverse people in his social circle
  • Lisa Creed - painter focused on two distinct types of art: abstract and sky & sea
  • Frank Myers - photographer, has done extensive work with Jazz musicians
  • Bruce Mitchell - painter focused on realism, medium: oil painting