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The Role of Art in the Fight for Social Justice: An Online Discussion With Clay Art Center

an important discussion on how art can raise awareness in the fight for racial equality and social justice for African-Americans.

Clay Art Center Presents
Virtual Panel Discussion: The Role of Art in the Fight for Social Justice Via Zoom
Wednesday, October 7th 7PM

Join moderator CAC artist Earlene Cox and guest ceramic artists Paul Briggs, Vinnie Bagwell and Wesley Brown in an important discussion on how art can raise awareness in the fight for racial equality and social justice for African-Americans.

Virtual Panel Discussion “The Role of Art in the Fight for Social Justice” Wednesday, October 7th, 7PM

Recent events in America have sharply highlighted the ongoing struggle for Social Justice and Racial Equality for African-Americans in the
face of police brutality and systemic racism.

This panel will discuss art as a tool for communication, raising awareness and affecting positive change around these social issues and examine how the ceramics community can address these issues within their own institutions.

This event is a live webinar moderated by artist and Clay Art Center Board Member Earlene Cox, and features a panel of guest artists including Paul Briggs, Vinnie Bagwell and Wesley Brown.

Earlene Cox is an artist member and Board Member at Clay Art Center. She is an emerging artist who recently gave a wonderful presentation with us titled “America’s Enduring Burden”. Her website will be live in a fews days –

Paul Briggs was born in Beacon, NY and grew up in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. He is presently an Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA and Director of the historic Saturday Studios Program. Paul has exhibited widely across the US, and his work is in several private collections, as well as being featured in several educational and ceramics publications. Visit his website here:

Vinnie Bagwell was born in Yonkers, and grew up in the Town of Greenburgh. She displayed a remarkable gift for drawing at an early age and developed a passion for painting in high school. A Morgan State University alumna, Vinnie is an untutored artist, and began sculpting in 1993 and renowned artist who led the conception and development of the Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden in Yonkers, NY (, and whose achievements include being awarded with public work commissions in New York and across the US. Vinnie is also co-author of “A Study of African-American Life in Yonkers From the Turn of the Century”. Vinnie was just recently announced as a winner of an award from Americans for the Arts. Visit her website here:

Wesley Brown holds an Associates of Art from Sinclair Community College, A Bachelors of Fine Art from Bowling Green State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Indiana University, He has completed several residencies in the US including  Indiana and North Carolina, and an international residency in Jingdezhen, China. He currently lives and teaches in Dayton, Ohio and recently presented “Life Into Work” as part of  Clay Art Center’s ongoing Virtual Artist Talk Series. Visit his website here:

Registration is available on our website at
This is a free event.


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