Valena Broussard Dismukes, of African, Choctaw, and European
heritage, is a Los Angeles based photojournalist with a special
interest in portrait, travel, and street photography. In addition,
she is a writer and sculptor.
In the main, people are the center of Dismukes’ work. She uses
photography to explore and understand the world, as it brings her in
contact with fascinating people and their varied histories and
cultures. Her explorations have taken her to over fifty countries on
six continents and she has just recently returned from Mongolia.
Dismukes’ photography has been presented in more than fifty solo,
group, and juried shows, and she has received grants from the Los
Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, See’s Candies, the Long Beach
Art Council, and the Indiana Humanities Council. Her photographs
have appeared in various publications, including World Tennis,
Mother Earth, Essence and Cowboys and Indians. Author of eight
books, much of her photographic work can be viewed in her book, EYE.
Her major photographic essay, “Native Americans: The Red-Black
Connection,” has been featured in more than ten museums and
galleries across the country, including the William Grant Still Art
Center and Southwest Museum here in Los Angeles, and the Eiteljorg
Museum in Indianapolis. Photographs from that series were used in
the award-winning film, “Black Indians: An American Story.” Dismukes’
book, “The Red-Black Connection,” based upon her photographic essay
was published in 2007. Dismukes has lectured at several institutions
on the topic of Black Indians and is a member of Neskinukat, a
California Native American Artists Network. She has been a volunteer
at Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center in the Angeles
National Forest and currently serves on the board of the American
Indian Scholarship Fund of Southern California.
NEW IMAGES IN LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Mystic Arts of Tibet
will have one photograph on display at the exhibit, "Play," at
the municipal art gallery at Barnsdall Park. Here are the
reception is august 14th, 2-5 pm
Barnsdall park, 4800 Hollywood, CA 90027
gallery open Th-Sun, noon to 5pm
exhibit runs from August 14th through September 18th
you can make it.