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    Ajuan Mance: Black Art from the Edge of the Universe

    The African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) in San Francisco is now presenting the artwork of Ajuan Mance, a talented out and proud member of our LGBTQ community and a longtime participant in the Bay Area arts scene. Members of our San Francisco Bay Times team have admired Mance’s unique comic illustrative style and highly recommend this powerful and uplifting exhibit entitled Black Art from the Edge of the Universe. As of this writing, it is scheduled to close on August 28 and reserved dates are sold out, but demand has been so high that there is a chance it will be extended. We hope so!

    Mance’s iconic imagery gives life to her sharp political and social commentary. As she says, “I want to use drawing and painting and digital collage to create a universe in which anything is possible.”

    A Professor of English at Mills College in Oakland, Mance has been an artist and writer for as long as she can remember. In both her scholarly writing and her visual art, she explores the complexities of race, gender, and identity.

    She has shown her work at exhibitions and festivals from the Bay Area to Brooklyn. Her illustrations and comics have appeared in several anthologies, including, most recently, Drawing Power from Abrams Press, winner of the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Anthology; She Votes, from Chronicle Books; COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology, from Penn State University Press; and others.

    For a look at some of Mance’s digital works:

    Eventbrite page for the new exhibit:

    Additional info about the exhibit, with a link to the AAACC site:

    Published on August 25, 2021