This year’s members challenge is based on our 2021 annual theme: PLAY! Bascom member artists are asked to submit an original piece of art that they feel best encompasses what the term means to them. The members challenge is our longest running exhibition and this year marks the fifth year with juror selection.
After WWII, African Americans in search of employment and freedoms denied them in the south migrated north and west, only to experience housing discrimination and cultural segregation. Despite this, their blues, gospel and jazz roots produced early rhythm and blues artists such as Louis Jordon, Ruth Brown and Joe Turner.