Quincy Art Center’s latest satellite exhibit at Quincy Medical Group, “SeeMe: Race and Culture” by artist Faye Dant, will be on display through Dec. 22. The exhibit is on the second floor near the breezeway at Quincy Medical Group, 1118 Hampshire, and will be open during QMG’s regular business hours. An artist talk with Dant will be held at the exhibit at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Besides art, Dant’s other passions are history and social justice. For more than 20 years, she has created activism photomontages. One of her favorite quotes is by novelist Paul Robeson: “Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.”
She is a fifth-generation Missourian, born and raised in Hannibal, and a child of the 60s. She participated in her first protest as a 12-year-old and continues to remain engaged to this day. She takes pride in her humble beginning as a Douglasville kid (Hannibal’s oldest all-Black community). Dant has a bachelor’s degree in sociology/psychology from Oakland University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Driven by the need for social justice, Dant founded Northeast Missouri’s only black history museum, Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center. It is the country’s only museum to pay tribute to Daniel Quarles, also known as Jim of Mark Twain’s “Huck Finn.” Striving to overcome the sense of invisibility, she often uses images of local residents in her art pieces.
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