JJC Talks: Alma Roberts
Join the Joshua Johnson Council’s November meeting featuring artist Alma Roberts.
About the Artist:
Alma Roberts is a Baltimore-based, second generation abstract expressionist artist. In 2011, at the age of 62, she literally picked up a paint brush and began producing what has been described as “fully formed, energetic abstract compositions that belie the fact that she is new to the medium.” Her works provide an insight into her viewpoints on life and the issues and forces that impact it.
Roberts has had numerous exhibits in the ten years she has been painting. In 2017, she had a successful solo exhibition at the City Hall Gallery in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She also has one of her compositions (A Vessel Full of Power, 2017) in the permanent collection of the James E. Lewis Gallery at her undergraduate Alma Mater, Morgan State University (Baltimore). Roberts was recently a featured artist in the Creative 2021 Art to Dine For Series. In February 2021, her work was included in a virtual group exhibit Identity hosted by the Maryland State Arts Council. She was among a prize winning group of 50 artists selected from across the nation by the Mozaik Foundation for its groundbreaking virtual exhibit Reimaging Democracy in June 2021.
Roberts is a founding member of the Joshua Johnson Council at the Baltimore Museum of Art. For over a decade, she founded and managed a literary arts organization, New Breezes, which featured local poets and writers from across the region and brought national literary figures such as Sonia Sanchez and Ntozake Shange. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and is a Commissioner on the Baltimore Public Art Commission that approves and oversees the installation and maintenance of public artworks throughout the city.
About the Joshua Johnson Council (JJC):
Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Members share a passion for African American and African art. Named after an 18th-century African American portrait painter who lived and worked in Maryland, the JJC is one of the oldest African American museum support groups in the U.S. Its mission is to forge meaningful connections between Baltimore’s African American communities and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) by promoting and highlighting the achievements of African American artists.
JJC Membership offers a wide range of opportunities for active participation within a network of friends and colleagues dedicated to art, education, community, and family. JJC programs and meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month.