ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show

Call for Artists

Deadline: 1/11/2021

Show dates: 1/18-2/26/2021

Reception: 1/18/2021

During Black History Month, AmadorArts is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”. This landmark exhibit will celebrate the contributions of Black Americans with a presentation of art and artistry by our fellow citizens. The celebration of art and culture in America recognizes the contribution of all our various citizens over the course of our history.

Black cowboy with horse (cir. 1890),
Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

Black History Month is an established, nationally recognized observance that honors the lives, experiences, and history of Blacks in America. For almost 50 years, it has reminded us of the extraordinary men and women who achieved incredible things often in the face of unimaginable injustice and inequality. All too often the contributions of Black Americans, as well as those of women and other marginalized groups, have been forgotten or purposely relegated into the obscurity of a lost history amid bigotry and discrimination. Since Africans arrived on the shores of North America some 400 years ago, they have made significant contributions to the American motif in various fields including art, music, science, politics, technology, geographic exploration and industry.

Bass Reeves (July 1838 – January 12, 1910) was an American law enforcement officer. He was the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River.

This year, whatever your background and whoever you are, we hope that you will embrace Black History Month and everything it represents. AmadorArts would like people to have a better understanding of African American culture and what it means to be recognized for contributions to the community in which we live. “Roots” is a perfect art show for all artists who want to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities.

As an interesting tidbit, local historians report that Alex Haley made the final compilation of his famous novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family from within the old Volcano Schoolhouse, which he rented for that project. In addition, here is a link “Documenting The History Of African-Americans In The California Gold Rush”:

Mary Fields (c. 1832–1914) (a.k.a. Stagecoach Mary) was the first African-American female star route mail carrier in the United States.

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered by January 11th, 2021 to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than January 11th. No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.


ROOTS Art Show Entry Form PDF



Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, And Little Known Stories From History by Tricia Martineau Wagner – The word cowboy conjures up vivid images of rugged men on saddled horses—men lassoing cattle, riding bulls, or brandishing guns in a shoot-out. White men, as Hollywood remembers them. What is woefully missing from these scenes is their counterparts: the black cowboys who made up one-fourth of the wranglers and rodeo riders. This book tells their story.

Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves (Race and Ethnicity in the American West) by Art T. Burton – Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of “eight notable Oklahomans,” the “most feared U.S. marshal in the Indian country.” That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Bucking the odds (“I’m sorry, we didn’t keep black people’s history,” a clerk at one of Oklahoma’s local historical societies answered a query), Art T. Burton sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late nineteenth-century America—and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era.



The curating team of this year’s ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show is comprised of local and regional artists and arts lovers who are proud of their Black Heritage, including:

Dr. Jim Armstead – Actor and historical interpreter, retired professor, and California State Guard emergency planner
Dr. Betzaida Arroyo – Veteran and Amador Senior Center board member
Darreon Brooks – Manager, Raleys Jackson CA
Joy Tribble – Arts Technician with City of West Hollywood Arts Division
KC Brown – Chef at Bistro49 Culinary Laboratories and Amador Senior Center

Online Gallery

The ROOTS: Art Show entries will be displayed here when the gallery opens!




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