Upcoming Events

Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 3.53.47 PMFebruary 27, 2019

Reception & Exhibition of Emergence Sea: The Identities of Black American Descendants of Slaves

Featuring the Work of James Terrell and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell

5 – 7 pm @ 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

In celebration of Black History Month, the Dean’s Forum is proud to present Emergence Sea, an exhibition of paintings that explore the identities of Black American Descendants of Slaves. The paintings put everyday life front and center and feature portraits of singers, preachers, mothers, families, and friends. The exhibit is a snapshot into the many colors and tones of black life in America and what it means to be building a young culture.

About the Artists
James Terrell and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell are a husband and wife team of visual artists living in Washington, DC whose paint afro-futurist and surrealist abstract portraits. Together they organize and curate a youth art competition and teach art workshops in the greater DC area. Both artists have been featured in galleries and museums across the country. Over the last 2 years they have released a line of home goods and clothing featuring their art. James is also a musician with a band called The Color of Sound. Zsudayka is a jewelry and accessory designer and serves as the creative director and curator for local gallery BloomBars. They are currently working towards opening a black gallery and auction house in DC. Their work can be viewed on their website.

This event is open to the media and on the record.


Unless otherwise noted, all events are on the Washington, DC campus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Featured image credit: Kaveh Sardari; from Witness Aleppo exhibit, photographer Jason Hamacher talks about his image featuring the skyline of Aleppo, Syria.