Osmyn Oree has been working in the Lancaster Art Scene since he was a student at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D). He is currently an Artist in Residence at Millersville University. His show In/Human opened Monday in the Sykes Gallery. His photographs are featured in the current City Hall exhibit Past|Present: Exploring the Black Experience in Lancaster through Contemporary Art, which will be up until Friday of this week. If you haven’t seen the gallery yet, make sure to check it out. We asked Osmyn a few questions about his art, Lancaster and how we can continue to welcome young artists of color:
How important is it to you that Lancaster’s City Hall has a Black History exhibit?
It is an extremely important thing that there is and will hopefully always be a Black History Exhibit at City Hall. I feel like the Past|Present event was only a taste of what could (and should) happen in City Hall and all around Lancaster as a whole. It is important to have representation of Black people and POC in any kind of gallery in Lancaster because it is seen very rarely, if at all. It’s so important for people like me and other artists of color to know that we have a chance to be represented in the city. I am constantly frustrated by the stagnant art scene in Lancaster and I would love to see more diversity and CHANGE on Gallery Row.
What was the goal behind your contribution to the exhibit?
My goal for the Past|Present exhibit was to show people my work and actually show people and aspiring artists that they can create something and become an artist. Furthermore, I wanted to be represented. To be seen and let people see all of the artist’s work and how they represent our culture in their own way.
Where can people find out more about your work and purchase them?
A lot of places:
Facebook: OsmyN Oree Photography
How can Lancaster continue to support artists that are not gallery owners?
DO EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO GIVE ARTISTS A PLATFORM AND NOT STICK WITH THE SAME OLD STUFF