Tahoe Activist Artists

We are a community of Tahoe artists who formed in 2016, in response to the social and political climate of our time to work toward a more compassionate world.

Assata Shakur (2020) Oil on Canvas 20 x 20″ On May 2 1973, Black Panther activist Assata Olugbala Shakur (aka) Joanne Deborah Chesimard, was pulled over by the New Jersey State Police, shot twice and then charged with murder of a police officer. Assata spent six and a half years in prison under brutal circumstances …

Kathleen Cleaver (2020) Oil on Canvas20 x 20″ Cleaver recently retired from the Emory University School of Law, which she joined in 1992. She began her lifelong activist work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1966, but left the following year to join the Black Panther Party, which was also founded in 1966. …

Angela Davis (2020) Oil on Canvas 20 x 20″ “Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building …

Lost Property (2018) Oil on Canvas 40 x 30″ “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”    I organized and curated an art exhibition with my group, the Tahoe Activist Artists last year, entitled ‘We the People: Visualize a World of Conversation and Connection’. One of the …

Pieta / Compassionem (2017) Oil on Canvas 40 x 60″ My decision to paint the ‘Pietà’ came after reading a piece by George Saunders on the role of artists at times like these: “…the people making a lot of these Trump initiatives don’t seem able to imagine the actual victims of their programs….So those of …

Harriet Tubman Oil on Canvas 40 x 40″ Collection of the Huey P. Newton Foundation “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman This larger-than-life portrait of Harriet Tubman is painted in …

Pieta / Compassionem (2017)Oil on Canvas 40 x 60″ My decision to paint the ‘Pietà’ came after reading a piece by George Saunders on the role of artists at times like these: “…the people making a lot of these Trump initiatives don’t seem able to imagine the actual victims of their programs….So those of us …

Lost Property (2018)Oil on Canvas 40 x 30″ “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  Desmond Tutu. I organized and curated an art exhibition with my group, the Tahoe Activist Artists last year, entitled ‘We the People: Visualize a World of Conversation and Connection’. One of the …

Marie CurieOil on Canvas 40 x 40″ Collection of Linda and Jeff Reichel “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.”Marie Curie Marie Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman …