Details about this acquisition were recently featured in a press release by Westfield State University, where Imeh is faculty in the Art Department. View the full press release here.

Imeh’s “Feeding the Veins of the Earth” now in Prestigious Collection

This past year, the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art purchased Dr. Imo Nse Imeh’s painting, Feeding the Veins of the Earth (Grounded Angel), which is part of his Benediction series. This group of paintings envisions angels sent to Earth to be bonded to the skins of Black men and boys to bear witness to their traumas, triumphs, and lived experiences. As a new acquisition to this collection, Imeh’s painting joins the company of works by a host of illustrious and widely celebrated African and African Diaspora visual artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Kara Walker, Jacob Lawrence, Kehinde Wiley, Charles White, Titus Kaphar, and John Biggers.

Imeh’s reflections on this work and the conditions that brought it to bear

The global pandemic of 2020 brought with it a unique set of circumstances that have altered the way we see the world around us. Nobody knew that our bustling world could grind to halt; none of us believed that the Earth could standstill. And so, in the face of such impossibilities becoming our new reality, we all waded into the troubling and dark waters of discovery, death, anxiety, loneliness, and so much loss.

It was in the context of the global pandemic that Feeding the Veins of the Earth was created. The profound sense of loss that so many in the world experienced was even more resonant for black people, who watched helplessly as their already perilous societal dilemmas—both social and economic—were exacerbated and then broadcast to the nation and the world.

Imeh’s “Feeding the Veins of the Earth” featured in new Exhibition: ANOTHER AMERICAN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Guest curated by Claudia Volpe, Director of the Petrucci Family Foundation, Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s Collection of African American Art features over 25 pieces of art from their collection. The exhibition is on view at the Sigal Museum in Easton, Pennsylvania, from November 19, 2001 through July 10, 2022.

The selected works explore American patriotism and identity as it relates to the Black American experience. This exhibition addresses the challenges of Black patriotism and the circumstances that complicate the relationship between Black Americans and this country. It asks the guests: What does it mean to be patriotic? Who comes to mind when we think of an American Patriot? Can we redefine and reimagine our symbols of patriotism or our expressions of allegiance?

This exhibition aims to affirm the role of Black Americans in shaping our national identity and to elevate civic engagement and constructive patriotism as a valid and healthy expression of a love of country. It features work from a wide variety of media including film, sculpture, textiles, and more.

More information about this exhibition can be found on the Sigal Museum’s website.

Artist, Dr. Imo Nse Imeh, with his painting Feeding the Veins of the Earth at the Sigal Museum, November 2021.