The Black Artists Retreat [B.A.R.] is an annual convening of black visual artists held in Chicago, IL. As an artist led initiative the Retreat is guided by the tenets of fellowship, rejuvenation, and intellectual rigor and strives to create time and space for an intergenerational community of black visual artists to engage outside of the institutional environment.
Initiated by Theaster Gates and Eliza Myrie in 2013 [B.A.R.] is advised by Carrie Mae Weems and Sarah Workneh and supported each year by a variety of artists fulfilling the Retreat’s programmatic ambitions.