Black Artist Fund x 1stDibs
In continuation of the BAF x 1stDibs partnership, Alexandra Zagalsky of Introspective caught up with independent curator, art adviser, and BAF board member Darryl Westly and 7 Black Artist Fund grant recipients.
Portraits by BAF grantee Kendall Bessent.
If there is one thing that Darryl Westly values above all else, it’s a sense of community. “Exchanging ideas and feeling part of a community is about creating a platform of trust,” says the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist.
In addition to being a painter, Westly works as an independent curator, art adviser and board member of the BLACK ARTIST FUND, a fundraising initiative that supports Black artists with grants, championing cultural equity and inclusivity and amplifying the voices of established and emerging Black artists of all ages.
“For many people, especially within America, the idea of pursuing an artistic vision can feel impossible,” Westly says. “Providing aid to African Americans shouldn’t just be restricted to those outliers deemed worthy of the title of ‘Black excellence’ or those living under the most extreme of circumstances, but should be offered to each and every artist with the courage, ambition and perseverance to make their dreams a reality.”