Founding Members Exhibition

Celebrating 31 Years of 








Founded by Dr. Alma Adams and the late Eva Hamlin Miller in 1990, the African American Atelier has served Greensboro, NC for 31 years. It was Adams and Hamlin Miller's vision to create a professional, non-profit art gallery that heavily exhibited African American work to fill the cultural gap in Greensboro's art community.

Since the organization was established, the African American Atelier, Inc. has flourished and is leading the way in promoting African American art in Greensboro, NC as well as promoting African American art enrichment for youth in the community. Annually, the Atelier’s programs continue to serve thousands of youth, adults and seniors of all socio-economic backgrounds.

The organization has exhibited an extensive number of local, regional and national African American artists and other artists through a series of year round, annual rotational, group and solo exhibitions. Over the last 31 years, the African American Atelier has hosted numerous mixed media exhibitions, including African American Women of Distinction, Engraving Injustice, and Prolific Icons. Additionally, the African American Atelier has grown into a unique creative space that features exhibitions, forums, gallery talks, educational seminars, and celebrates the contributions of African Americans and other ethnicities.

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"This exhibit is a retrospective of resistance and survival in the African American community"


In January, Sunny Gravely's thought-provoking solo exhibition, The Founding Members Exhibition, opened for public viewing. In the gallery, a 38-piece collection of mixed media creates passionate expressions of art.

Throughout the exhibit we see aspects of the African American experiences over the last 8 years. In these experiences, topics such as racial injustice, the Black Lives Matter movement, the dynamics of the African American family, and the realities of being a person of color during COVID are explored.

You will ponder the trials and tribulations of black survival. Throughout the last 4 weeks Sunny's work continues to evoke feelings of passion, strength and endurance. Sunny Gravely is well known for her work with acrylics and collage, and she has produced exceptional pieces such as The Crisis and Lifted.

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