Intersections: Valena Broussard Dismukes
October 8 to November 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Exhibit Walk Through: Saturday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please note: William Grant Still Arts Center will open at 3:00 p.m. on October 8.
Intersections: Valena Broussard Dismukes will present a photographic and biographical look through the artistic and creative process of View Park-based photographer Valena Broussard Dismukes, opening on Saturday, October 8 with a reception from 3:00-6:00 p.m and open for viewing through November 19.
Works, photographed over the last 35 years, will include black and white compositions from Dismukes’ series and award-winning publication The Red and Black Connection as well as a color series of local and international photos that depict a diversity of people and cultures in locations including images from the 1984 Olympics, neighborhoods across Los Angeles including Leimert Park, and from travels across six continents.
Valena Broussard Dismukes, of African, Choctaw, and European heritage, is an award-winning Los Angeles based photojournalist with a special interest in portrait, travel, and street photography. Dismukes has been a photographer since 1972 after first taking classes with Marion Palifi at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Her photos have appeared in various publications including World Tennis, Essence, Cowboys and Indians, and Mother Earth. She has participated in over fifty solo and group shows and has been the recipient of grants from the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, the Long Beach Arts Council, the Indiana Humanities Council, and the Missouri History Museum. Dismukes has lectured at numerous institutions on the topic of Black Indians and is a board member of the American Indian Scholarship Fund of Southern California. In addition, she is a writer and sculptor. Dismukes credits the William Grant Still Arts Center as a part of her own creative development as a photographer.