Jordan Seaberry: An Historical Correction Experienced with Sight

September 11 - December 2, 2023

A collage with a black background and deep jewel toned colors layered, with fine white light connecting lines, white crosses, shapes, and legs up to the knees wading in water

On View

Artist and organizer Jordan Seaberry paints layered compositions informed by his political organizing and family history as much as his artistic training. Seaberry melds narrative and form into cohesive works; his grandfather’s flight from the state-sanctioned racialized violence of Mississippi and his own political work on contemporary societal issues imbue each layer’s texture and color. The paintings vibrate with life, flowing from the edges of the canvas to unknown environs beyond the frame. He welcomes us to wade into the waters of memory and potential futures through the ripples of the present.

Community, Art, and Activism

Jordan Seaberry Discusses a Painting Commissioned for RISD MLK 2020 Speaker Michelle Alexander

In this video made by the Rhode Island School of Design, Jordan Seaberry describes his process and the inspiration behind a work he created for Michelle Alexander, author and political activist.

About the Artist

Jordan Seaberry is a painter, organizer, legislative advocate and educator. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jordan first came to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design. Alongside his art, he built a career as a grassroots organizer, helping to fight and pass multiple criminal justice reform milestones, including Probation Reform, the Unshackling Pregnant Prisoners Bill, and laying the groundwork for the “Ban the Box” movement in Rhode Island. Jordan serves as Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a people-powered nonprofit agency, and most recently worked as the Director of Public Policy at the Nonviolence Institute. He serves as Chairman of the Providence Board of Canvassers, overseeing the city’s elections; as a Board Member at New Urban Arts in Providence; and as a Board Member for Protect Families First, working on community-oriented drug policy reform. He has received fellowships from the Art Matters Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, and recently served as Community Leader Fellow at Roger Williams University School of Law. 

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