Gallery Hours

Thursday 3pm – 8pm
Friday 3pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center boasts a wide range of dynamic exhibition and educational spaces that have hosted thousands of talents artists and creative students of all ages and backgrounds. Within recent past, acclaimed visual artists who have showcased their works include Hebru Brantley, Romare Bearden, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Vanessa German, Tarish Pipkins, Peju Alatise, and many more.

In compliance with the most recent Allegheny County health advisory, the Claude Worthington Benedum gallery at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center has closed. Please view Dominic Chambers: Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water virtually.

AWAACC Galleries remain free and open to the public.

Current Exhibitions

Like the Shapes of Clouds on WaterPhotos: Life is Elsewhere (Max in Blue), 2019 – Red Sky Visitors, 2019

Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water

September 18th to December 13th, 2020

Dominic Chambers is a New Haven-based artist from St.Louis, MO. Chambers received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2019. Chambers creates large scale paintings and drawings that reference literary narratives cited in books, various mythologies, and African-American history. Specifically, working through color field paintings, his current work is invested in exploring moments of contemplation and meditation through reading and leisure. His work is founded upon the relationship between reality and fantasy. At this illusory boundary, Chambers negotiates ideas of magical realism by presenting Black figures as they delve into literature and contemplation within imagined landscapes. These subtle, leisurely moments not only celebrate each subject’s visionary power but further negate pervasive and toxic clichés, instead focusing on Black talent, creativity and mysticism. Chambers has exhibited his work in exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He has participated in a number of residencies, including The Yale Norfolk summer residency and the New York Studio residency Program in Brooklyn, NY.

Chambers’ exhibition is curated by Kilolo Luckett

Upcoming Gallery Events

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6pm
Dominic Chambers discusses his practice and current exhibition at the AWAACC.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6pm
Join artists Dominic Chambers and Shikeith for a conversation about creating work that centers Black interior life, cultural memory, and joy.

Shikeith is a conceptual artist working in installation, sculpture, photography, and film. His work explores the psychological landscape of Black masculinity and personhood.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6pm
Join Dominic Chambers, Amani Lewis, and Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski for a discussion about the ways in which artists use storytelling, fantasy, and pleasure to remind us of the expansiveness and wealth of Black humanity.

Amani Lewis is a mixed-media artist whose practice shares overlooked stories of the Black community in Baltimore and presents a counter-narrative to mainstream media that often misrepresents them.

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski is an Afro-Boriquen interdisciplinary artist who experiments with how to name the conflation of celebration and mourning when being racialized, liminal, and alive.

All virtual exhibition programs are facilitated by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

Free and open to the public.


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