Steven SILVERSTEIN was among six artists honored on March 10, 2015 at the historic Texas Capitol, where they received a proclamation on the floor of the House of Representatives and a resolution by the Texas Senate.
Senator Rodney Ellis (D - Houston) presented the resolution recognizing the artists, whose works are in the "I See You" exhibition, currently on display at the Capitol until June 10, 2015. As a legislator since 1990, Ellis has advocated for civil and human rights including authoring the 2001 James Bird Jr Hate Crimes Act, the 2007 Stop the Genocide Act, in support of Sudan's Darfur region, and the 2009 introduction and passage of legislation creating the Holocaust and Genocide Commission which serves as a conduit of information to schools and organizations.
The exhibition, which opened January 10, runs concurrently with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Movement of Selma, Alabama and the 1965 national Voting Rights Act. Its name, "I See You," is a tribute to the African greeting "Sawa Bona," which acknowledges our shared human connection and celebrates our collective existence. Silverstein is the sole photographic exhibitor in "I See You." His two works, Black Queen and Right On, which were crafted in-camera, offer distinct statements for what a champion of civil and human rights is about: enlightened and in solidarity.
As noted in the exhibition catalog, "The works of art were curated to tell a modern story about where we have been and the proactive path forward needed to further advance civil rights...To be a champion of civil rights is to support more than the face of the definition. It is to embrace and uplift all fellow humans - those right in front of us, and those we do not know."