In this Episode I feature June Edmonds, a west coast based abstract painter that was awarded the AWARE prize during the 2020 Armory show in NYC. AWARE, an acronym for Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, is a Paris based non profit that this year debuted an award for a Solo Exhibition of Work by a Woman Artist. June’s work was exhibited by the Luis De Jesus Los Angeles Gallery.

June was recognized for a never seen before body of work, her new Flag paintings. Each flag is associated with the narrative of an African American, past or present, a current event, or a chapter from American history. Her application of color incorporates an intellectual perspective reflecting on systematic disenfranchisement, emotions, and power.

June has participated in several residency programs, has received many grants from well-known organizations and her paintings are held in collections throughout the United States

It gives me pleasure to highlight AWARE, the gallery for having the courage to present a solo female artist at the Armory and most of all the talented artist June Edmonds.

Shadd Cary Flag
Named after Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823 –1893) an American-Canadian anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher, teacher, and lawyer.

A favorite painting ~ Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Watts’