Cuban Superheroes

Cuban Superheroes
Cuban Superheroes Exhibition opens Feb. 20 and runs through Mar. 13. Image courtesy of artist Maddi Smith. 

A collaborative artist-scholar project

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 21, 2020) — Please join us February 20 to March 13 for The Cuban Superheroes Project Exhibition, a collaborative artist-scholar project created by printmaking and illustration students in Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) School of Art and Design. Led by faculty Jessica Stephenson and Valerie Dibble, Cuban Superheroes is a part of KSU’s Year of Cuba, a year-long program organized by KSU’s Division of Global Affairs that provides opportunities for students to delve into a unique culture and the many facets and nuances that come with it.

Cuban Superheroes pays homage to Africans who brought their culture and art practices to Cuba through the transatlantic slave trade. African-derived deities serve as guides, protectors and agents of change in Cuban culture. These qualities align them with the universal concept of superhero – a powerful being with supernatural transformative abilities. Printmaking and illustration students drew inspiration from these beings and each artist identified, researched and generated a visual vocabulary to explore the superhero concept.

There will be a free opening reception on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. Cuban Superheroes is on display at the Fine Arts Gallery (free and open to the public) on the Kennesaw campus, Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

--Kathie Beckett

Download the flyer here. Take a virtual tour here