SAN DIEGO—For decades African American artists from or with strong ties to San Diego have had limited opportunities for the community to experience their exceptional talent. Many have made significant contributions to the cultural fabric of our city, yet the great multitudes of visiting tourists rarely encounter these works.

Legacy in Black, a new exhibition at San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, highlights the artwork of eight African American artists with noteworthy influence on the African American fine art scene in San Diego.

The exhibition runs November 5, 2017 – April 15, 2018. The exhibition is included with regular Give Forward admission* and on view daily from 10am-5pm

Jean Cornwell Wheat is a painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist. Her current work is the result of her emergence from the 2007 wild fire that destroyed her home and studio.  Jean is very active in the San Diego Community. She spent five years as an Artist in Residence at the Sherman Heights Community Center where she painted murals and worked with the community. She was honored by the San Diego Board of Supervisors as volunteer of the year for her work with the foster youth residing at the San Pasqual Academy. Jean continues to create interesting works of art and inspire budding artists of all ages.

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