The Black Woman is God Opening Reception, July 20, 6pm–midnight

Marissa Arterberry
Marissa Arterberry, “Kreation Funkstress,” Acrylic paint, oil pastel, and glitter on canvas, 2014.

Opening with a public reception on Thursday, July 20, 6pm–midnight, The Black Woman is God celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form and challenges viewers to do the same. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, and new media hone in on the vital contributions of Black women as artists and social change-makers, ensuring that the Black woman’s contribution to society is seen and valued.

Activated by live performances and a community cyper at the opening reception, The Black Woman is God asserts that subverting our notions of God is a spiritual and revolutionary act.

The Black Woman is God opening reception will include a performance procession of 100 Black women paying tribute to Black people who have worked tirelessly to heal the community through art, culture, and spirituality. The procession titled Opening the Way will include Black elders, youth, and girls who will walk from SOMArts’ parking lot to the gallery to honor their ancestors in an African libation before the performances begin.

The opening reception will also include performances by jazz musician Destiny Muhammad among many other legendary Bay Area performers.


Aambr Newsome
Ajuan Mance
Audacious Wilson
Alise Eastgate
Anna W. Edwards
Ayana Ivery
April Martin Chartrand
April Martin
Arinthia Jones
Ain Bailey
Bushmama Africa
Cynthia Brannvall
Djenne BaBatties
Dawn Rudd
Dalila Dynes
Elizabeth Summers
Francis Mead
Fan Lee Warren
Gabriella Pavel
Hilda Robinson
Idris Hassan
JaeMe Bereal
Kalimah Abioto
KaliMa Amilak
Karen Oyekanmi
Karen Seneferu
karin turner
Kathleen McDonald
Kenyetta McLaurin
Kiani Shaw
Kimberly Johnson
Kristina “Namastina” Williams
Kristine Mays
Lakiba Pittman
Latisha Baker
Lorraine Bonner
Marissa Arterberry
Mizan Alkebul-Abakah
Maya Wamukota
Marnika Shelton
Nzinga Hatch
Nicole Dixon
Nye’ Lyn Tho
Orlonda Uffre
Rayla Meshawn
Redwood Hill
Rosalyn Parhams
Sasha Kelly
Shanna Strauss
Shah Noor Hussein
Shylah Hamilton
Sonjhai Meggette
Sydney Cain
Taiwo & Kehinde
TaSin Sabir
Tracy Brown
Toshia Christal
Tiphereth Banks
Val Kai
Virginia Jourdan
Valerie Brown-Troutt
Vaughn Kimmons
Venus Morris
Vanessa Addison Williams
Wawi Amasha
Yodassa Williams
Yetunde Olagbaju
Yasmin Sayyed
Zakiya Harris
Zena Carlota


The Black Woman is God Exhibition
July 20–August 26, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Saturday, July 22, 1–4pm

SOMArts, the California Digital Library and Art Practical present a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in conjunction with The Black Woman is God to raise the online visibility of Black women artists and challenge the gaps in art history that erase or minimize Black women’s contributions as artists, activists and social change-makers. To learn more, visit

Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival
Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26, 8:00pm–midnight

Luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances and performative interventions by over 25 artists, and digital and cinematic projections by over 20 artists. Tickets are $12 in advance online or $15 at the door, or $20 to attend both nights of the Festival.