Kansas City Black Artists Directory – KC STUDIO

Representation issues.

It has often been said that the most segregated time in America is Sunday morning.

The vast majority of black worshipers attend black places of worship and the vast majority of white Americans attend white places of worship.

The same can be said for our Hispanic, Asian American, and Middle Eastern American brothers and sisters.

The second most segregated time in America is the first Friday.

I’ve been to First Fridays in the Crossroads neighborhood, and the lack of work by black artists is stark and obvious.

Meanwhile, in 18th and Vine, black artists have makeshift displays on the streets and sidewalks. Many of these artists have advanced degrees. Their art is professional, dynamic and meaningful.

From artists showing off their work in exquisite galleries to other artists posing their art against storefronts and praying for good weather, the hideous effects of slavery and racism continue to reverberate and show their face every first Friday.

As with every other industry in America, you don’t have to scratch the surface of our art industry to see racism surface.

While cultural identity matters and the whole feel-good statement “I can’t see the color” is actually counterproductive to a more equitable arts scene in Kansas City, the hope of this repertoire is that it will expose galleries, institutions and patrons to black artists they otherwise wouldn’t see.

K.C. Studio continues to accept artist submissions to the directory at this link. Click here to submit your profile information. Additions will appear on the main directory page at kcstudio.org/kansas-city-black-artists-directory

Jennifer Richardson



Dawn Downey



Kwanza Humphrey

visual artist

Jean Sutton

John C. Sutton III


Harold Smith

Harold Smith



Comfortable Stennis

Beauty Artist/Poet

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