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9/8/2020 Member News

Race, equity and institutional responsibility in the art world

St. Petersburg College will host a conversation that looks at the future of art collecting, equity in the art world and increased support for Black artists. Systematic Inequalities and Arts Intuitions: Race, Equity and Institutional Responsibility in the Art World will take place from 6 -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, via Zoom.

The SPC Foundation, the college’s Humanities and Fine Arts department and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA) will host this collaborative discussion about increasing equity within the arts community and providing resources for Black artists to advance their careers.

Assistant Curator of the SPC Foundation Art Collection, will moderate the conversation with a panel of art professionals, including Dr. Barbara Hubbard, Chris Bedford, Elizabeth E. Baker and Conrhonda A. Baker. Panelists will share their views and experience from working in different areas of the art world.

“SPC desires to be a convener for equitable progress among the arts community by understanding and meeting the needs of the underrepresented Black artists,” Bryson said. “Through this conversation, we’re able to glean from leaders like Chris Bedford and Elizabeth and Conrhonda Baker who are filled with a wealth of knowledge.”   

About the speakers:

Dr. Barbara Grazul Hubbard is an artist and educator who serves as Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at SPC. She is also the Creative Director of The Right Brain Workshop, an organization specializing in institutional advancement, educational marketing, graphic design and creative consulting. 

Diana Bryson is the Assistant Curator of the SPC Foundation Art Collection and recently celebrated her fourth year of independent curatorial work in the Tampa Bay area. Bryson’s career focuses on facilitating greater accessibility to art by curating dynamic exhibitions and hosting engaging events in hopes of building lasting relationships with her audiences. She also works with emerging art professionals to help build their careers.

Chris Bedford is the Dorothy Wagner Walls Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Since assuming his position with the BMA in 2016, Bedford has worked to implement institutional policy that collects and values the work of underrepresented populations, strengthens the relationship of the museum in the Baltimore community, and increases equity within his staff. His work has paved the way for the BMA to evolve into an institution that is setting standards for expanding into a 21st century style of art collection and artist support.


Elizabeth A. Baker refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” and embraces the constant stream of change and rebirth in her practice. This expands into a variety of media, mainly exploring how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles - both tangible as well as intangible. She has received international recognition from the press, scholars, and the public for her conceptual compositions and commitment to inclusive programming. Baker also is well versed in helping focus awareness on the importance of increasing equity and is known as a fierce advocate for the support of living artists.

Conrhonda E. Baker’s passion for the performing arts is grounded in her dance background, sparked by taking after-school classes at a countywide recreational facility in rural northeast Georgia. Having grown up with limited access to the arts, she understands the importance of exposing children to creative outlets and creating opportunities for artistic expression. She founded The Bese Saka in 2018 as a way to actively intervene and build equity into the process of securing institutional funding support. She also currently serves as an advisor to The Albireo Group and as the Grants/Program Associate at the Howard Gilman Foundation.

For more information, contact Diana Bryson at