Celebrating the Triumph of Art and Identity: Tashema Davis’ “The Hood” Exhibition 


In the heart of Huntington, Indiana, Tashema Davis’ “The Hood” Exhibition has been nothing short of a resounding success at the Pathfinder Arts and Entrepreneurial Center. As we approach the closing date in just four days, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the profound meaning behind Davis’ work and the impact it has had on our community. 

Tashema Davis is not merely an artist; she is a storyteller, a truth-seeker, and a champion of authentic representation. In “The Hood,” Davis meticulously weaves her narrative through vibrant, evocative paintings. Her work serves as a powerful lens through which we explore the complex lives of Black men today. One patron and fellow artist shared the following, 

 “Upon entering the PAEC, I was delightfully surprised and greeted by color. Very quickly, the content of the paintings on the wall eclipsed the color. The socially heavy subject matter brought forward emotions and sincerity pertaining to what I was looking at. The gravity of necessity in regard to Davis’ work being present in a small Midwest hometown was instantly present and nothing to be ignored.  

 The talent of Davis’ work, the technical skill combined with commentary that soaked through the average setting, making the space, place, and environment vibrate with truths, was a welcomed song in the midst of a playlist that inherently plays on repeat. The compliment to the artist was shown in the review, the audience in attendance, and the time spent in each piece’s presence. The opening was a refreshing delight and an ode to the future of PAEC and Huntington, IN as a whole.” – anonymous artist. 


The essence of “The Hood” lies in its ability to challenge preconceived notions and stereotypes surrounding Black masculinity. Davis takes us on a journey, inviting us to celebrate the strength, resilience, and beauty within Black manhood, fatherhood, and childhood. Her art is a bold statement against the negative narratives that have persisted for far too long, replacing them with a portrayal that is truthful, powerful, and unapologetically genuine. 

One cannot discuss Davis’ work without diving into her artistic process. Her approach is nothing short of magical. She begins each piece with random bursts of acrylic paint, layering them with meaning and emotion as the canvas unfolds. The inclusion of text and pages from old Bibles adds another dimension to her creations, sparking revelations that breathe life into each artwork, endowing it with a unique identity. 

With a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University, Davis’s commitment to showcasing the African-American community’s beauty and strength is unwavering. Her focus on portraiture and the everyday experiences of her subjects results in expressive strokes and vibrant colors that capture the essence of her artistry. 

 In addition to “The Hood,” Davis offers a smaller yet equally enchanting body of work entitled “June.” This collection is a celebration of childhood, a vivid reminder of the carefree joy that the summer vacation months bring. Inspired by her role as a mother to two young girls, Davis brings to life the magic of imagination and creative play. Drawing influence from the surrealism art movement and employing depth-of-field techniques, she masterfully captures the essence of childhood wonder and innocence. 

 As we anticipate the closing of Tashema Davis’ “The Hood” Exhibition at the Pathfinder Arts and Entrepreneurial Center in just four days, we can’t help but reflect on the impact it has had on our community. Davis’ art has touched hearts, challenged minds, and inspired change. It has encouraged us to reframe our perspectives and celebrate the richness of African-American culture. 

 If you haven’t had the chance to immerse yourself in this captivating world of art, there’s no time like the present. Join us in celebrating the triumph of art and identity at the Pathfinder Arts and Entrepreneurial Center before this extraordinary exhibition comes to a close. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, and it’s an opportunity to be part of a transformative journey through the eyes of an artist who dares to challenge and redefine the narrative.