Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color is more than a conference. It is a moment. It is a call. It is a demand. It is a peek inside a wrinkle in time that explores the current state and future possibilities of the production, critique and interrogation of the role of race and culture in artistic/creative production.

The conference is a dilation of the growing acknowledgement of the importance of race and diversity in the field of aesthetics. Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color reflects the diversity of voice, perspective, experience and practice of creative expression. Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color intentionally brings together critics, theorists and practitioners from an array of disciplines and fields. 

As well, it reflects the moment in which we live. Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color, as exemplified by Kimberly Pinder’s key note address, “We Have Voice, We Have Temper: African American Artists and Public Discourse,” is an interrogation of the place of creative expression in the swirl of the tides of history. 

  • What is aesthetics in the hands of communities once believed beyond the veil of beauty and truth?
  • What is the artist in relationship to those communities?
  • When does art transform from subjective expression to objective force?
  • And what are the techniques, mechanics, histories and relationships that lie unseen beneath the surface of a work?

These and similar questions are the beginning steps of the path that Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color will travel. 

Thank you for joining us.

Charles Peterson
Oberlin College
Organizer