D.C. gallerist Norman Parish put underrepresented artists in the spotlight.
D.C. gallerist Norman Parish put underrepresented artists in the spotlight.
July 25

Sun-Times Remembers Celebrated Gallerist and Alumnus

On July 11 the Chicago Sun-Times remembered SAIC alumnus Norman Parish, the celebrated owner of Washington D.C.’s Parish Gallery. A central figure in Chicago’s Black Arts Movement, Parish was instrumental in the construction of the famous 1967 mural The Wall of Respect at 43rd and Langley. He opened his gallery in 1991 after relocating to Washington D.C., where it quickly became known as a haven for underrepresented artists. “Parish Gallery was very well-respected and presented quite a number of artists who deserved to be presented and celebrated, but who might not have, had it not been there,” says Edmund Barry Gaither, director of Boston’s Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.