Black and White All Over is a lecture about bi-racial artist Michael Dixon’s journey negotiating race, identity, and representation in his art and life. He will share his personal narrative and samples from previous art projects leading up to his most current body of work entitled Shared Histories. The new work features painted portraits of Afro-Turks who are one of several minority populations within Turkey. The group is a mixture of bi-racial and bi-cultural black Turks who have lived in and around the area for hundreds of years as a result of the Ottoman Empire slave trade. Dixon's focus is on the connections between race, culture, and lived experience.
Michael Dixon is an artist working primarily in oil paint. He was born and raised in San Diego, California, and received an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dixon is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Albion College a four-year liberal arts campus in Michigan. His work has been shown nationally at museums, universities, art centers, alternative spaces, and galleries. Dixon explores the personal, societal, and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both "white" and "black" racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither. The works of artists such as Robert Colescott, Beverly McIver, Michael Ray Charles, Glenn Ligon, and Kerry James Marshall have informed his work.
Lincoln Land Community College’s James S. Murray Gallery will host Michael Dixon’s current body of work Shared Histories from February 18th to March 7th, 2013. On Monday, February 18th, Michael Dixon will speak at a Soup & Stories from noon to 1pm in the Stephens Room in Menard Hall. A light lunch of soup and salad will be provided for $3 for the public and is free to students with a student id or proof of class enrollment. For those unable to make the earlier lecture the public is also invited to an artist’s talk at 4:30pm the same day in Menard Hall, room 2207 followed by a reception in James S. Murray Gallery down the hall. Shared Histories is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Department, Student Life, and The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.