The work of three Prairie View A&M University faculty artists, Clarence Talley, Sr., Ann Johnson and Tracey Moore, will be featured in a ground breaking multi-media exhibit titled “Coming By Force: Overcoming By Choice” during the upcoming 2007 National Black Arts Festival.
The exhibit will be on display in Atlanta’s Apex Museum in partnership with the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) and will run through December 2007.
“Coming by Force,” is a dynamic visual portrayal of art and artifacts that characterizes the suffering and torment that Africans experienced prior to, during and after The Middle Passage to the Americas.
Featuring a full scale replica of a slave vessel, the exhibit includes works by several noted artists and craftsmen from around the U.S.
The exhibit opening and artist reception for “Coming By Force” will be held Sat. July 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Jazz recording artist Jean Carne is set to provide a musical score for the exhibit.
Clarence Talley, PVAMU director of art and professor, contributed two works entitled “Door of No Return” and “Door of Return”. He states “Our fore parents had no idea as to what awaited them on the other side of the infamous Door of No Return. The immediate environment where these doors still hang was one of dread, suffering and uncertainty.”
In “Aspects of Negro Life: The Remix,” also featured in the exhibit, artist Ann Johnson, visiting assistant professor reinterprets the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglass by using the Egyptian technique of encaustic, a method of painting with hot wax. By using beads, symbols, pictures and cowries shells, Johnson graphically retells the story of the “negro”.
Visiting assistant professor, Tracey Moore, photographically captures a slave’s view from the bowel of the slave ship in “Journey to America”. “The viewer,” Moore states “Becomes the enslaved African and although not chained, imagines themselves with others on the long journey to America.”

For more information “Coming By Force” and the Apex Museum, please contact: Michelle Mitchell at (404) 523-APEX or visit