Black History Month Mural 2022

Mural Project 2022

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. For our second yearly BHM mural, we are focusing on the accomplishments of black artists from the State of North Carolina, many of whom live and work nearby. We encourage you to check out our featured artists, their work, perspectives, where they came from, and what got them started in the arts. You can find a description of each artist and a link to their website under their names. Countless other North Carolinians are making extraordinary art in every medium. We hope you will explore our featured artists and artists on the North Carolina Arts Council  BHM page as a jumping-off point to learn more about artists contributing to the vibrancy of our State. 

To our Tyrrell County youth, the artists represented on the mural demonstrate that you can prosper and live a fulfilling life through a career in the arts. We want to inspire and empower you to tap into your tremendous artistic potential and use Pocosin as a resource to help achieve your goals!

You can find information on last year’s mural project here

Steven M. Cozart

Cozart is an artist, educator, and documentarian in Greensboro, North Carolina, that loves to draw and, despite being colorblind, enjoys painting. Most of his work is figurative and reflects thoughts and musings regarding his own life, circumstances, and events that he has experienced over the years.

You can find more information on Steven M. Cozart and see more of his work at stevenmcozart.com

Stephen Hayes

Hayes is a multimedia artist from Durham, North Carolina. He uses found materials to create woodcuts, sculptures, and installations and uses the symbols of a pawn, corn, and a horse to “explore America’s use (or misuse) of black bodies, black minds, and black labor”.

You can find more information on Stephen Hayes and see more of his work at stephenhayescreations.com

Beverly McIver

McIver is a painter from Greensboro, North Carolina. Her paintings can be found in museums across the country including the Smithsonian, the the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum. Her art is currently part of the Nasher Museum of Art’s exhibition Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now which will be up until July 1, 2022. 

The Emmy-nominated documentary Raising Renee shows the impact caring for her sister after her mother’s death had on her and is available on Amazon Prime. 

 You can find more information on Beverly McIver and see more of her work at beverlymciverart.com

Stephanie J. Woods

Woods is a multimedia artist from Charlotte, NC.  She is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at UNM. Her work fuses a relationship between photography and fiber. Additionally, her passion for interdisciplinary practices and material language is evident through her collaborations and implementation of symbolic materials that examine performative behavior, domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and her experiences growing up in the American South. 

You can find more information on Stephanie J. Woods and see more of her work at stephaniejwoods.com