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Exhibition Prospectus

Inspired by Black people transcending historical, societal, racial and economic challenges in America, Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman, is Hiawatha D.’s homage to the resilience, power and beauty of Black women and Black women history-makers. 


“This collection is powerful because it tells a story of amazing women, and although Black women are very important to our society they are often grossly undervalued, inappropriately stereotyped, and significantly underrepresented in all sectors,” stated Hiawatha.  “The sacrifices, and accomplishments Black women make are rarely celebrated. My work has always been supported by Black women and through this collection, I can share my love and appreciation for the foundation they all provide in healing, nurturing, supporting, changing and sustaining our culture and communities,” he continued.

“Several of the pieces in this collection are inspired by legends such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, yet all women can recognize and see themselves in these moving and powerful images. There are images that represent Black women profiles and issues we all know about to provoke thought and encourage discussion as well. Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman is my way of honoring women and showing how connected we all are to the stories painted in this collection,” said Hiawatha D.

Key Featured Components

“Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman” Art Exhibition features twenty-five - fifty Black women history making ancestors, elders and queens spanning 200 years — from abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, born enslaved in 1797, to gold-medal gymnast Simone Biles, born in 1997.  The exhibition features the following components:

  • Iconic Black Women (IBW) Portraits - Twenty-five (25)- fifty (50) acrylic paintings on 48x48 museum wrapped canvases

  • Ain't I a Woman Series - (6) six 22x30 framed paintings on cotton rag.

  • Memorial with a church pew and one 48x48 painting of the "Four Little Girls" killed in the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

  • Video of Hiawatha D.'s inspiration and documented scenes from collection creation.

  • Audio files each IBW piece

Exhibition Fee

Please call for more information about the exhibition fee.

Shipping charges are separate from the exhibition fee.


We recommend the following specifications for optimum experience. 

  • 2500-3500 square feet

  • Digital QR code installation for audio stories 

  • 42" Television Monitor

  • Church Pew

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