There’s an observation month for everything and October just happens to be a time to appreciate Black visual artists. Black Fine Art Month was designed to celebrate the work of Black artists and their contributions to the visual arts world. The annual observation was entered into the Congressional record books in 2019 by Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly.ƒ
According to Zippia, Black artists make up 3.9% of artists employed in arts in the United States. The industry is predominately white and female with the highest employment demand in Irvine, California, which has almost no Black population. The statistics make it clear that choosing to support the work of Black visual artists must be approached intentionally.
Of course, we aren’t going to leave you hanging on trying to find artists to support. Here are 17 Black artists you can purchase art from right now.