Reggie Black, Director
Reggie is an international multimedia artist, designer.
A native Washingtonian, Reggie has spent the last four years living and working throughout Asia. Intersecting hand type artistry, graphic design, typography, abstract paintings, culture, and travel; his work has been exhibited in several international exhibitions in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. Reggie has also exhibited his work domestically. His art has evolved into graphic design commissions, identity creation, book cover design, branding, exhibition curation, naming and nomenclature, creative direction, product design, and documentary photography. In addition to his visual practices, Reggie also completed the inaugural TED Residency and presented a TED Talk in New York City.
Creating and implementing projects in Seoul, Beijing, Melbourne, New York City, Barcelona, Bali, Taipei, Singapore, Portland, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco, Phnom Penh, Austin, and Christchurch; Reggie aims to continue to connect people around the world through art, design, and global cultural experiences.
Freddie Booker, Curator
Freddie began her journey into the art world while attending Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, DC. Having shown a keen interest in art appreciation and studio arts, her 11th grade teacher Mrs. Ford, encouraged her to participate in the National Scholastic Arts Award Competition. She was awarded a Gold Key Award, first prize.
She continued her interested and attended Pratt Institute in New York where she received a BFA. She later attended Sotheby’s Art Institute, London, completing an advanced degree in 19th / 20th Century Fine Art and Decorative Arts. While in London, she met Lynn Thornton, the renowned British scholar of the Africanist: consisting of painting, sculpture, pottery, drawings, collage, and every known and unknown studio art genre.
Through her tutelage and research, she curated the collections of private clients in the US, Europe, and Africa. Freddie also curated “Seeing Africa” an installation for the Tate Britain, and academic exhibitions in London and Brussels. She also created and developed “Primimoda 1. The origin of style” which examines and exposes the inspiration of Africa in aesthetics. Like Orientalism, Primimoda articulates a narrative that demonstrates the influence Africa occupies in antiquities, classicism, modernism, and the contemporary. She currently lives in New York and continues to interpret, articulate, and establish the influence of Africa in the fine and decorative arts.
Diana Murray Watts, Curator and Art Advisor
Diana is an international and well-traveled multi-discipline curator who first moved to Washington, DC to study an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Upon graduation, she worked in cultural diplomacy at the embassies of Spain, Brazil and France and collaborated with the Hirshhorn Museum and the Phillips Collection.
Diana moved to Venice, Italy in 2016 to further her curatorial experience in contemporary art. Furthermore, she joined the François Pinault Foundation as an art educator at the prestigious museums Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi.
Her latest curatorial project – the bilingual photography exhibition Miradas de fe / Regards de foi– was selected by the 17thedition of the French film festival Regards d’Ailleurs and shown in the city of Dreux.
Diana is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese, and will lead the Film Series at Mehari Sequar Gallerythat will take place monthly every first Wednesday.
Mehari Sequar, Gallerist
Mehari is a long-term Washington, DC resident and Real Estate Developer. Mehari is a native Eritrean (East Africa) who grew up in London, where he developed his appreciation for the Arts. As the owner and developer of the Gallery, he hopes to support the further development and diversity of the Arts in Washington DC as well as create a platform for different points of views to be expressed.