Talented South Florida-based artist Allison Bolah took an intimate group on a tour of her home studio and explained the meaning behind some of her pieces.


Staff Report

BOCA RATON, Fla. – A handful of South Florida residents were privileged to join contemporary artist, Allison Bolah, at her home for an intimate art showing on Saturday, July 22.

Presented by the NSU Art Museum, the iteration of “Inside the Artist’s Studio” gave patrons the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the talented and humble artist.

Bolah, who lives in Boca Raton, showed guests her home office as well as different pieces and installations she’d created. For several hours, she explained the meaning behind her pieces, her thought process and her methods.

“I do art in my home because my art is just as important to me as my family,” Bolah explained. “I don’t think you should have to go to a museum to do art.”

Some of her thought-provoking pieces included blended quotes from several classic novels embedded on black canvasses designed to cause people to pause and reflect, as well as an image of “the perfect black family” from the movie “The Truman Show,” which she projected out of her window for 30 days straight.

Bolah, who is also an English teacher, said as an artist she tries to facilitate necessary conversations. She and her guests had a thought provoking discussion on an array of topics including: art, politics, culture, race, identity, etc.

“I’m not a political artist, but there’s politics in my art because there’s politics in my life,” Bolah said. “There’s way more nuances and suddelty in the ground of our experience than we realize. If I can get people to think about those nuances, then my art will have done its job.”

For more information on NSU Art Museum’s upcoming events, visit nsuartmuseum.org.