Nov. 15: Dawn Black Conceal Project Exhibit Opens at Columbus Museum

The Dawn Black Conceal Project Exhibit that opens Nov. 15 at the Columbus Museum questions "Who are we really?" There are roles we choose to play in our lives and others that are imposed on us. Our true identities are often concealed behind a mask or costume.

Dawn Black’s Conceal Project examines the practice of masquerade especially in relation to identity. Three hundred postcard sized works on paper painted in watercolor, ink and gouache present portraits of individuals altering their identity through masks, uniforms, fashion and other seemingly random forms of concealment.

The artist hopes that in exploring the concealment practiced by people in order to be their real selves, we are able to reevaluate our own biases about unfamiliar norms and cultures. The exhibit is on view Nov. 15, 2012-Feb. 24, 2013 at the Columbus Museum's Yarbrough Gallery.

The museum's free Third Thursdays program will focus on the exhibit. It's 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. This after-hours experience is held the Third Thursday of each month. Guests can listen to live music, take tours of special exhibitions and participate in artist talks. It's free and no reservations are required. Seating is limited, though, and refreshments are provided. The Nov. 15th program is about the inspiration and the process of creating the works of art in this exhibition from artist Dawn Black. She will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m., with a reception and live music to follow.

Teens, age 15 and older, are invited to a special program 4-6 p.m. Nov. 15 that will include an exclusive gallery walk with artist Dawn Black before the opening of the Conceal Project exhibition. It's free.

The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 706-748-2562. It's always free to view the museum's exhibits. Learn more at columbusmuseum.com