In At What Point Do We Disappear?, Vicki Meek explores how “skin bleaching, hair straightening, eye and body altering all have provided tangible examples of the erasure of Blackness from our concept of beauty. . .[and how] 400+ years of cultural indoctrination has taken its toll on concepts of beauty in the Black community.”
Join us this Saturday, July 2 for a reception for the artist from 2pm – 5pm, and an in-depth artist talk at 4pm where Meek will dive deep into the historical contexts of the powerful works in her exhibition.
About Vicki Meek
Vicki Meek is a renowned interdisciplinary artist whose storied practice spans forty years. Meek’s installation-based work utilizes symbolism from the African diaspora and explores cultural memory and identity. Devoted to her community, Meek enriches our world through her thought-provoking and challenging artwork and ambitious projects. From her connection to the voices of her ancestors to her contemporary audience, Meek’s approach is uncompromising with messages that expose, reveal, and ultimately heal. Meek is a consummate storyteller who creates environments and experiences rich with meaning and purpose as she strives to connect with the viewer through her dynamic multi-media works.
Meek’s groundbreaking work has earned her numerous awards and her artwork has been featured in a career-spanning retrospective at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and a site-specific exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Spring of 2021. Her work is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Serie Art Project in Austin, and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was awarded three public arts commissions with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Art Program and was co-artist on the largest public art project in Dallas, the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project.
Meek has been awarded a number of additional grants and honors including National Endowment for the Arts NFRIG Grant, Dallas Observer MasterMind Award, Dallas Museum of Art Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant, Texas Black Filmmakers Mission Award, Women of Visionary Influence Mentor Award, Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Award, nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the African American Museum at Dallas A. Maceo Smith Award for Cultural Achievement, and was selected as the 2021 Texas Artist of the Year by Art League of Houston.
In addition to having a studio practice, Vicki Meek is an independent curator and writes cultural criticism for Dallas Weekly with her blog Art & Racenotes. Meek is also the Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a non-profit retreat for creatives in Costa Rica founded by internationally acclaimed performance artist Elia Arce. She is also Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s at-large appointment to the Arts and Culture Commission and the Public Art Committee.