Exhibition and Art Talk honors artists Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall


MIAMI — The Griots’ Art Gallery invites the public to the opening of “In the Spirit of Collaboration: Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall Exhibition” on Saturday, June 10 from 1-4 p.m. with brief remarks at 2 p.m., located at 8260 NE 2 Avenue inside the Center for Haitian Studies.

The show will feature jointly made silkscreen prints by master artists Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall from their collaboration of over four decades. The show runs through September 30 with presentations throughout.

“Griots’ Art Gallery is delighted and proud to present an exhibition featuring two of the world’s most renowned artists – Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall,”

said Michael K. Butler, Executive Director of Griots’ Art Gallery. “This event would be of singular significance if it was sponsored by any major museum in this country. The fact that we are able to launch a show of this caliber in a neighborhood gallery is a major coup for Miami.”

Together Gilliam and Stovall have achieved the same bold, three-dimensional perspective found in Gilliam’s vibrant, colorful paintings and sculptures in silkscreen prints.

Gilliam’s innovations have brought a new vibrancy to abstraction. He and his art have been associated with various styles and movements such as geometric and lyrical abstraction, abstract expressionism and the Washington Color Field School.

Stovall is a master printmaker and a fine draughtsman. The Washington Post once stated that Stovall’s prints enjoin figural and abstract forms, “flowers and birds in truly lyrical combinations of colors characterized by … an exceptional depth of field and imbued with a calm, unshakably positive spirituality.”

This is the first comprehensive exhibition of prints created by these two artists. A limited number of full-color collectible catalogs will be available for purchase.

“We are excited about joining with Griots’ Art Gallery for this landmark show of Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall’s silkscreen prints,” said Marilyn Holifield, Miami MoCAAD.

Griots’ Art Gallery is a neighborhood gallery that shows African Diaspora artists in a relaxed, informal setting, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The opening and all other gallery activities are free and open the public. For more information, visit www.griotsgallery.com.