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I AM 400: The African Journey in America, 1619-2019

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James Branch Cabell Library, First Floor
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


"I AM 400" is a collection of paintings by Richmond-based father and son artists, Jerome and Jeromyah Jones. The works center around Africans before being brought to the shores of America, the 400 years of the African experience in America and solutions for a better future. Many of the paintings are portraits of widely known pioneers and unsung heroes from Martin Luther King III and Shirley Chisholm to VCU School of the Arts Dean Murry DePillars, Ph.D., and VCU School of Dentistry Professor Francis M. Foster, Sr., D.D.S. Other paintings are allegorical and historical, showing symbols and motifs that explain the journey of a people on a quest for freedom. These artists intend for their work to create conversations and compel communities to learn from history and be history in the making.

The exhibit is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

About the Artists

Jerome W. Jones, Jr. has been using his paintings to teach the art of life through the love of art to inspire the young and old to use their gifts to uplift others. Jones's creative style of portraiture reflects the likeness of his subjects and their stories. The artist believes every home should own art that exhibits the "heart and history" of the resident and that affirms "who I am, what I am and where I am." Jones' art company, the Painter's Poetree, features his paintings, portraits, poetry and prints. Jerome has over 100 autographed portraits in his Ingenious Artistic Minds collection of paintings. His work is in the collection of L.D. Britt, Ph.D, Evander Holyfield, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jordan, LaVar Arrington, VCU Health Systems, Second Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Baptist Church, the City of Richmond and many others. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from VCU in 1980.

His son, Jeromyah Jones, is painting in the footsteps of his father. He holds a 2011 Bachelor of Arts degree in comprehensive art from Hampton University. Jeromyah's landscape paintings have been featured at Maymont Park's centennial of the Japanese Garden and has had exhibits with his father at the Hampton University Museum, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VA, the Gallery at Main Street Station, the Trumpet Award Celebration and the Virginia Governor's office.

Jerome and Jeromyah's work has been featured in international and national print, online and television outlets such as CNN, The Huffington Post, NBA on TNT, SLAM, Ebony, LAND Magazine, Chess UK and more.

Image: I AM 400 artwork, by Jerome W. Jones, Jr., and Jeromyah Jones


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