Bearden with founders of Cinque Gallery

Cinque Artists Program

Named after the Cinque Gallery, a non profit established in 1969 by Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis and Ernest Crichlow, the Cinque Artists Program continues the gallery’s legacy in supporting artists through various stages of their careers, and by offering opportunities to engage in conversation and networking.

Primarily geared to practicing artists and art students, the events are always open to the general public and enthusiasts.

We present four to six programs a year on topics that support artists in their professional, artistic and personal development, and provide information, and resources from practicing artists. We invite artists and other experts to present on a range of topics such as using technology, website development, branding, materials, artist and travel; biennials and art fairs; artist papers and archives. Attendees are encouraged to engage actively, exchange information, and collaborate beyond the panels.

CAP also includes Foundation organized exhibitions with partners that showcase other artists and art related to Bearden.

Recent CAP programs partnered with the Harlem School of the Arts to present a series of artist talks and panel presentations.

Most Recent: June 16,2020 "Putt'in on the Ritz: Fashion and the Harlem Renaissance, conversation with Camara Holloway & Elizabeth Way (via Zoom!)

Past topics included: Artist & Travel, Galleries, Artists Archives, and Artist Talks with Adrienne Elise Tarver, Deborah Jack, Xaviera Simmons, Valerie Maynard, Ben Jones, Danny Simmons, Amiri Baraka, Carlos Martinez, and others.

Exhibitions organized in partnership:

  • 2017: Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center– Valerie Maynard: Artist in Print
  • 2015: The Nathan Cummings Foundation – Kamoinge and En Foco: Advancing the Frame
  • 2013: The Nathan Cummings Foundation – Jazz.Covers.Politics: Album Art in the Age of Activism
  • 2011: The Nathan Cummings Foundation – Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist

For more information about the CAP program, please contact us.

May 28, 2019

Through paintings, photographs, videos, and immersive installations, multimedia artist Adrienne Elise Tarver,  seeks to open access to origin stories, drawing attention to the abundant mythologies of the black woman and her interchangeable identities. Location: Harlem School of the Arts.

Nov 7, 2017

Uptown Galleries was a panel presentation by gallerist Elizabeth Dee, Sherman Edmiston, Essie Green Galleries, and Lewis Long. All located in Harlem, and giving an opportunity to have discussion about the uptown art world, highlighting issues of space and gentrification. Location: Harlem School of the Arts.

Oct. 3, 2017

Artist Talk and Conversation with Deborah Jack. Ms. Jack presented on her photo-based art that explores water, salt and hurricanes, particularly in her native home on St. Martin, French West Indies. Moderated by C. Daniel Dawson. Location Harlem School of the Arts.

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