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Award-winning and published artist Donna Slade has created a series of original colored-pencil paintings for this traveling exhibition, which depicts a very personal and revealing representation of current circumstances facing the Afro-Colombian and indigenous people of Colombia, South America

“We are not the victims of war.

We are the protagonists of peace

                – Nidiria Ruiz Medina (Colombian Speaker/Activist)

“The Faces of Colombia – The Invisible Communities”

Traveling Art Exhibition With Narrative

My goal in creating the paintings for this exhibition is to portray the strength and dignity of Colombian activists and community leaders as they work for social justice and change.

The exhibition includes 20 original colored-pencil paintings along with informative English and Spanish narratives written by Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, Chelsey Dyer describing the current political situation in Colombia.

The exhibit traveled to numerous locations during 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021and 2022. In November of 2022 the exhibit was donated to Queens University, Charlotte, North Carolina, The Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Department.


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN - October 2018

Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston-Salem, NC - April 2019

Caldwell Arts Center, Lenoir, NC -  May 2019

Craven Arts Council Gallery, New Bern, NC -  July 2019

Queens University, Charlotte, NC - August 2019

Bev's Fine Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC - April 2020

Centerpiece Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC - May 2020

Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Greenville, NC 2021

Arts Council of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC 2022

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