Miryam JohnsonMiryam Johnson, originally from Akron, Ohio, is currently a student at Eastern Michigan University with a double major in Dance Performance and African American Studies.

She grew up training at performing arts public schools and was given the opportunity to train at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive- The Ailey Extension in 2010.

She most recently performed as a guest artist with People Dancing and Kristi Faulkner Dance, traveling with Kristi Faulkner Dance to Chicago for the Going Dutch Dance Festival.

Miryam currently teaches dance for the non-profit organization, Ypsilanti Creative Arts Program, which brings the arts to an otherwise overlooked demographic. Her focus is on arts activism, using her body and her art as a means of protest.

Artist Statement
Dance Performance (at the reception)

My work is comparing the lynchings of the past to the modern day shootings, too many of which are by the hands of the police. I called it Oh My America, because this is the reality of the US that Black and Brown people have to face daily. Thus being my version or reality of America.

Georgette Jones (Gette) currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI and has been painting professionally forGeorgette Jones over twenty years. She works primarily in acrylics on canvas; her sub-themes include the spiritual aspect of relationsips, wellness, love, nature, peace, prayer and personal growth. These subjects are included in her calligraphy, poetry, collage and writing, as well as her paintings.

Gette’s work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, television and radio. Her awards include Spirit of Detroit, Seagram’s Gin and 100 Most Influential Detroit Women, to name a few. Her work is in the collections of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit and the Velma A. Walker Collection at Birmingham A&M University in Huntsville, AL. Also, her work is held by many serious local and some national private art collectors.

This is Georgette’s second year participating in the African-American History exhibit at RAC. You may view her work and read more about her at gettejostudio.com


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