Installation at King of Prussia Mall showcases Black artists

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — King of Prussia is one of the largest malls in the country, and for the next two months, it is home to larger-than-life artwork by 15 Black artists from Montgomery County.

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“You’re going to see everything from photography, watercolor, to oil paintings, different varieties,” said Rachel Riley, senior communications director of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board.

Installation at King of Prussia Mall celebrates Black artists
Photo credit Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board/Arts Montco

She said this also gives them a chance to shine a light on the organization’s $100 million arts and culture sector that has been suffering as a result of the pandemic.

Mydera Taliah, one of the featured poets and painters, was overwhelmed when she saw the exhibition, which stretches from floor to ceiling and in the mall’s connective corridor, across from Macy’s.

“In my piece, it speaks on something which is near and dear to me, which is my own personal faith,” she said. “Art, Blackness, boldness, love, nurturing, family, presence ability.”

Other artists featured include James Atkins, Ruth Bridges, Shelby Brisbane, Kayla Cayemitte, Abigail Coachi, Andromeda J. Cook, Brian Hearns, Lassalle Jackson, Taylor Morris, Jailene Rodriguez, Mydera Taliah, Eric Nigel Taulton, Dane Tilghman, Mekha Varghese, Yolanda Ward, and R. L. Washington.

The initiative by Arts Montco will be on display through March 31.

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