Caffeinated Injustices
An Exhibition by

Bianca L. McGraw

on view February 3rd, 2023 – March 4th, 2023

Opening reception Friday, February 3rd

5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk 6 P.M.

“Caffeinated Injustices”

This show is made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the  New York State Legislature

Caffeinated Injustices, an exhibition of paintings and sculptural work by Bianca L. McGraw, will open Book Arts 2023 exhibition season.  

In 2022, McGraw initiated a series of paintings utilizing coffee as a medium to process the May 14 mass shooting that occurred at the Tops supermarket on Buffalo’s East Side. McGraw paints at events, restaurants and bars as a way to channel the healing vibes of the city and create a thoughtful space for dialogue with those who choose to interact with her. As she notes. “Art continues to be my bandaid.”

In addition to McGraw’s coffee paintings, Caffeinated Injustices will also feature sculptural installation inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and created entirely from LEGO blocks.

The exhibition opening will be held on Friday, February 3 from 5:00-8:00. An artist talk will take place at 6:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Caffeinated Injustices, Book Arts will host a pop-up Poetry Open Mic on Wednesday March 1st from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Hosted by Bianca L. McGraw and free-style artist, Ten Thousand, the event will feature a coffee bar and readings by local poets. Sign-up to take the stage or stop by to enjoy an evening of invigorating local poetry. Doors open at 6:00, program starts at 6:30. FIND OUT MORE HERE

Bianca L. McGraw, pronounced Bianca L Period McGraw, is an international practicing multimedia installation performance artist, poet, educator, higher education advocate, community development and engagement facilitator, and diversity presenter. She uses art, poetry, performance and space as a vehicle for discussion about identity, diversity and perspectives while exploring personal, societal and communal experiences.  

Bianca is very passionate about the importance of how art, advocacy, and communal/cultural environments intercept. This passion is an interchangeable balance between art, design, diversity, poetry, community development and personal engagement. Her artistic exploits have allowed her to showcase her messages nationally in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Buffalo, as well as internationally in countries like Canada, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom

Exhibitions are supported by:

Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY