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Creative Conversations: Art Guilds and Collectives

July 21, 2021 at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM



Join MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankaukas for a conversation about the importance of art guilds and artist collectives. This discussion will feature Georgia Banks-Martin, President of the Montgomery Art Guild, Barbara Simpson, Prattville Cultural Arts Coordinator, and Kalonji Gilchrist, Founder of 21 Dreams Arts and Culture.

Georgia Banks-Martin

Georgia Ann Banks-Martin was born in Lincoln Park, MI. She earned her BA in English, Language Arts at Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL (1997), her MFA (Poetry) at Queens University Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (2009), and her MA in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpentaria, CA (2011). 

Her photographs have appeared at galleries such as SACS, Stonehenge, Folmar Art Gallery, Pike Road Arts Center, and the Elmore Chambers of Commerce. Her work has also appeared in juried shows such as the Regions Bank Show, the Annual Waterfront Show and Competition, and the Columbus Art Guild Members show(GA). In 2019 Georgia won 1st place in the photography category during the Selma Art Guild Summer Show. She also has had a one-person show at the Selma Art Guild Gallery. In her photographs, familiar animals, buildings, objects, and plants populate a colorful universe. The artist intends to create a new verse, to create a different story from the oldest materials.

Barbara Simpson

After 25 years in the business world, I moved from the Birmingham area to Millbrook, and became a full-time artist and art instructor, with a working studio and gallery. Presently, I am Manager of Cultural Arts and Special Events for the City of Prattville and continue to create artwork. My work has been shown in New York City in the international Annual Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Exhibit and in the Annual Cooperstown, NY, National Juried Art Exhibit, where I won an award. I am proud to have had my artwork accepted into many shows throughout Alabama. My work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout Alabama. 

In support and promotion of the arts, I am an associate member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC, an associate member of Allied Artists of America, and a member of Americans for the Arts. I am currently a member of SACs Gallery, Prattauga Art Guild, Montgomery Art Guild, and Elmore County Art Guild. I have served on the boards of the SCT Alabama Artist Colony, the Montgomery Art Guild, Prattauga Art Guild, Elmore County Art Guild, Society of Arts and Crafts, and Birmingham Art Association.

Kalonji Gilchrist

Kalonji Gilchrist is the Founder & Executive Director of 21 Dreams Arts & Culture, a nonprofit membership organization committed to advancing creative and cultural arts in Montgomery, Alabama. His commitment to creative placemaking and arts cultivation was born out of a personal interest in community arts.  As a Montgomery native and mission-driven community influencer, his focus centers on building strategic partnerships to leverage local talent, resources, and communities to encourage and promote creative arts and programming.

In addition to guiding the creative vision for 21 Dreams, he is also the owner of KHARI Creative, LLC, a boutique digital media & design company offering production services for special events, client engagement, and short-form documentaries. Under his leadership and direction, KHARI Creative has developed a local reputation for delivering dynamic, relevant content that informs and engages audiences. Additionally, Kalonji gives back through his service on several community boards and committees.

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July 21, 2021
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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