Press Release

The Russo Lee Gallery is pleased to present But, why are you here? This exhibition, in recognition of Juneteenth, is a celebration of diversity and inclusivity through art. In featuring the works of Intisar Abioto, Julian V.L. Gaines, Lisa Jarrett, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, and Samantha Wall, Russo Lee Gallery is committed to providing an opportunity for these extraordinary artists to share experiences and perspectives as Black artists working and living in Oregon.

Collectively, the artists determined what works they will exhibit.  Various small and large-scale pieces will be on view, in a number of mediums, from oil and acrylic on canvas to photography and limited- edition prints. As part of the exhibition, there will be a catalog available featuring a conversation among the artists and an essay by Dr. Kiara Hill, visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Portland State University.