Kiss My Black Art: Black Lives Matter

On December 7, the Windsor Art Center will open Kiss My Black Art: Black Lives Matter, Selected Artworks by Joe Sam., internationally recognized mixed media artist and sculptor. The exhibition, which will run from December 7, 2019 through January 11, 2020, will be showing extraordinary work. Joe Sam., reveals his pride in his African American heritage, while suffusing his art with social and political commentary that encourages respect for all peoples. The influence of artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden is clear. This work testifies to Joe Sam.’s belief in the importance of portraying the unique African-American blended culture and of supporting those men and women who have committed their life’s work to doing so. Come experience the richness of the artwork by this renowned African American artist. It really matters.

Events & Workshops:

  • FREE public opening reception and meet the artist: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5 – 7:00pm.


  • Panel discussion: Thursday, December 19, 6:00-8:00pm: hosted by Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Panel features Joe Sam and guests on civil rights and law enforcement within our communities. FREE
  • Performance: Stillness in Motion performance Vol lll– Friday/Saturday December 27/28 6-8pm Live performance bridging the gap between the visual and performing arts crafted from the artwork &stories of the artists in each exhibit. Suggested donation $20/door.


  • Artist Talk: Saturday, January 4 • 2-3:30pm. Joe Sam. will speak about his artistic journey and current body of work. This event is hosted by Epsilon Omicron Omega, greater Hartford Chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. FREE


  • Performance by Kimberly Cannon, Friday, January 10, 6-8pm: A one women show based on her book, Out the Corner of My Eye. Cost $20 door; $15 for members.



About the Artist

Born in Harlem, Joe Sam. was influenced by his early experiences and later by artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden. During his many years living and working in the San Francisco area, Joe Sam. earned an international reputation as not only a prolific fine artist, but also a public artist and an award-winning illustrator of children’s books. A number of years ago, while maintaining his west coast studio, he returned to the east coast to create an additional studio closer to his children. He also wanted to focus primarily on further developing his fine art.

Truly a bridge-builder at heart, Joe Sam. passionately testifies in his art to the validity and importance of portraying the cultures of African Americans and all under-represented peoples.

Joe Sam. has a considerable following of collectors and contemporaries that he has known socially and professionally. He counts among them, Danny Glover, Leroy Lendo, Nancy and Paul Pelosi, Bobby McFerrin, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Raymond Saunders, Romare Bearden, Kehinde Wiley, and many other notables in art and jazz. 

This exhibition is made possible with support by: Farmington Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (opening reception host); Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Hartford Hospital; Dan J. & Alice Ford Ferraina and other individuals, businesses, & organizations in our community.