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Harlem Fine Arts Show returns to Chicago, saluting African Americans in Medicine

CHICAGO — The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) returns to Chicago this fall, November 16–19, at the new $251M state-of-the-art Malcom X College (MXC), in the Illinois Medical District. The four-day traveling exhibition and sale of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography is the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora. The exhibition is open to collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, and professionals and has as its theme, “Fine Art and the Art of Healing.” The Opening Night Gala Reception will be hosted by the North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Special guest for this year’s show will be Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcom X, who will make her first visit to her father’s namesake institution to officially open the show on Thursday, November 16. The third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, Shabazz, is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author of award winning publications. She will be at HFAS through Friday, November 17, and be signing copies of her books: X: A Novel, Growing Up X and Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show is a celebration of African-American artistic history, in the vein of the African American masters including Palmer C. Hayden, Augusta Savage, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Ernie Barnes. This year’s HFAS will showcase over 50 national and international artists, and galleries offering investment-level art at multiple price points. Among the artists in this year’s show are Woodrow Nash (Akron), Kevin “WAK’ Williams (Atlanta), Leroy Campbell (Atlanta), Andrew Nichols (New York). Roderick Vines (Virginia), Jim Byrd (New Jersey), Terry Boykin (Chicago), basket weaver Jery Taylor (South Carolina), and the legendary Frank Frazier (Dallas). Participating galleries include E&S Gallery (Louisville), Sabree’s Gullah Art Gallery (NOLA), and Water Kolours Fine Art (Memphis).

The HFAS’ multi-city tour kicked off in New York this February with the theme “The Health and Healing Power of Art.” During this year’s, Chicago exhibition HFAS will showcase and celebrate African Americans in the medical field, and raise awareness about medicine as a career choice for young people. Partnering with HFAS in this effort is the Cook County Physicians Association (CCPA), the Chicago affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA).

HFAS’ opening night will include a Salute to African Americans in Medicine. The 20 Chicago area doctors, representing some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the Midwest will be recognized for their outstanding medical careers and philanthropic work. On Saturday, September 2, HFAS will partner with the CCPA, as they host their 2017 Jazz Brunch, a scholarship fundraiser for medical students. HFAS will present the work of several artists at the event and contribute to the organization’s scholarship fund.

Additionally, Congressman Danny L. Davis will be recognized for his long-standing advocacy for health issues impacting African Americans on the national level. A full list of honorees and their hospital affiliations, is forthcoming.

A mainstay of the Harlem Fine Arts Show is Youth Empowerment Day, a special preview for area students to receive a private tour of the exhibit and meet the artist that this year will include Shabazz. There will be a special focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.), and in addition to the artists, the African Americans in Medicine honorees will interact with the students and answer their questions about their disciplines.

“This year’s recognition of the ‘health and healing power of art’ is a reminder of how art permeates and enhances all aspects of our lives,” explains Dion Clarke, founder of the HFAS. “While there is no shortage of recognition for our athletes and celebrities, we must also recognize the accomplishments of these skilled and caring medical professionals, these are our true heroes. One of our Chicago artists, Antonio Davis is a quadriplegic who continues to enjoy a fulfilling career as an artist, demonstrating the healing powers of the medium. We are also excited to recognizing practitioners from the city’s premier medical institutions.”

Partners for the 2017 Harlem Fine Art Show include the North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast, Jack and Jill / North Shore Chapter, the 100 Black Men of Chicago, the DuSable Museum and The Chicago Defender.

For additional information call 800-376-2860. General admission is $25, with varying prices for special events. Follow the Harlem Fine Arts Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #HFASCHI #africanamericansinmedicine #thehealingpowerofart.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) celebrates the African Diaspora by bringing together contemporary artists with the growing class of collectors. The goal of facilitating this coming together is to showcase cultural ideas and raise awareness of this extraordinary body of work created by these international, national and local artists. HFAS travels to communities around the nation providing a platform for highlighting advances made in the arts, education, economics and healthcare. Additionally, it recognizes and honors those. who by working in these various sectors, have dedicated themselves to raising up their communities and those who live in them.

First held in February 2010 in New York City, the HFAS has attracted more than 80,000 visitors to venues, including Martha’s Vineyard, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and New York. Attendees include collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, students, and professionals.

Malcolm X College is the healthcare hub of City Colleges of Chicago and offers a variety of health sciences programs that prepare students to pursue a four-year degree or advance in a career. Malcolm X College (MXC) is conveniently located near the Illinois Medical District and offers one of the largest selections of health sciences degrees in Cook County. With an enrollment of nearly 16,000 credit and non-credit students, MXC is situated near the birth place of the City Colleges of Chicago, Crane Junior College, which was established in 1911 at the corner of Jackson and Oakley. In January 2016, Malcolm X College opened a brand new $251 million state-of-the-art School of Health Sciences, featuring a virtual hospital. It also houses the new City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing.

ILYASAH AL SHABAZZ, third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author of award winning publications such as: a coming of age memoir entitled, Growing Up X (Random House 2002); a children’s illustration book entitled, Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X (Simon & Schuster 2014), and a young adult historical fiction book entitled, X, A Novel (Candlewick Press 2015).Ilyasah promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates on international humanitarian delegations.

The Cook County Physicians Association (CCPA), which is the 105-year-old local society of the National Medical Association was founded in the same American environment in 1911 by Dr. George Cleveland Hall. The state society is the Prairie State Medical Society (PSMS). CCPA and PSMS are in Region IV of NMA. The Cook County Physicians Association was founded to address racial, political and economic problems in the delivery of medical care and education, especially as they impact African Americans.

Published September 14, 2017

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