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Final Artist Talk: Everyday Black

  • Northwest African-American Museum 2300 South Massachusetts Street Seattle, WA, 98144 United States (map)

Join us for the final artist talk for Everyday Black. Hear from Zorn B. Taylor and Jessica Rycheal as they share insights about the exhibit, their photography work, and how the community has responded to the exhibit.



The portraits presented in Everyday Black offer insightful meditations on identity and chosen community as the artists explore what it means to belong.

In his work, Zorn B. Taylor spotlights “the familiar,” challenging conventional ideas around blackness and whiteness in favor of illuminating the notion of the intentionally chosen, multicultural family. 

Jessica Rycheal centers the young bloods and elders of the community that organize, build the underground scene and celebrate blackness, queerness and liberation politics. 

Through their intimate and honest photographs, Taylor and Rycheal present snapshots that beautifully bear witness to the everyday lives of everyday black folks in Seattle and beyond. The exhibit captures the emerging leaders, seasoned vanguards and regular black folk that are integral to the soul of the city.


Zorn B Taylor is a visual artist focused on conceptual and documentary photography. Formally educated as a commercial photographer, Zorn has worked as a still photographer and as a teaching artist teaching film and digital processes. Zorn’s work has been published in national and international publications including Tricycle Magazine. He has been a panelist on Seattle Art Museum's Blueprint Roundtable, a Centrum Foundation Emerging Artist Resident and has been accepted for residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Zorn was recently featured on culturetrip.com as one of “9 Emerging Contemporary Artists From Seattle to Know.” Zorn has exhibited at Martyr Sauce Gallery, CoCA, King Street Station, Photographic Center Northwest and the Seattle Art Museum.

Jessica Rycheal, is a Southern-bred interdisciplinary visual story-teller and Creative Director from the red clay roots of Macon, Georgia. Rycheal wears her personal story of struggle and triumph in her eye as both a woman of color and an artist. Her photographic works are centered around the diversity of the black experience, and the heroism of blackness in its unyielding survival. She creates portraits that celebrate “regular black folks” and vulnerability, while challenging the ideal of conventional beauty.