(Pictured above artist Stacey Robinson )
This year’s artwork for the for the Annual John Coltrane celebration, co-presented by the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective and Burchfield Penney, was designed by artist Stacey Robinson, a University at Buffalo MFA graduate and Arthur Schomburg fellow.
Signed, limited edition commemorative posters will be available for purchase during the festival September 20 – 22, 2018 in the Center’s gift shop. Proceeds help sustain and organize the festival. Last year’s poster design won a 2018 Silver Addy award and an honorable mention distinction in the national American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Publication Design Competition.
Stacey’s work discusses ideas of “Black Utopias” as spaces of peace away from colonial influence. As part of the collaborative team “Black Kirby” with artist John Jennings, he creates graphic novels, gallery exhibitions and lectures that re-imagine Black resistance spaces inspired by Hip Hop, religion and the arts and sciences.
Currently an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois, Stacey recently art directed Unveiling Visions: the Alchemy of the Black Imagination for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY.
His work was represented in Invisible Ink: Black Independent Comix at University of Tennessee, and the Beyond the Frame: African American Comic Book artists presentation at the Flint Institute of Arts. Stacey’s collected works reside at Modern Graphics in Berlin, Bucknell University, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Stacey is also apart of a Public Lecture & Panel Discussion at the 2018 Sol Con (the brown and black comix expo) at Ohio State University Sept 27 . The Discussion will analyze Marvel’s Lucke Cage and the history as an index for black masculinity in American Comics culture as well as within todays social justice movements .
He is also on the Black Comics Collective panel Hip-Hop Comics and Culture at the 2018 New York Comicon Oct 4 . The panel features comic creators whose work helped define the mythos and aesthetics of hip-hop comics.