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Oak Cliff Cultural Center Showcases Tiara Unique Francois' Solo Exhibition

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center proudly presents "Learning to be T.U.F.," a solo exhibition by Tiara Unique Francois, curated by Ciara Elle Bryant. The exhibition, which opened on February 24th with a reception, features a collection of Francois' paintings and assemblage pieces. Francois' work delves into narratives centered around her identity, family, and personal experiences, reimagining memories through self-reflection.

With a focus on her journey from childhood to adulthood, Francois explores themes of self-growth, hope, and self-doubt. The title of the exhibition, "Learning to be T.U.F.," references her personal evolution, with 'T.U.F.' serving as an acronym for Tiara Unique Francois. According to Bryant, the curator, the exhibition reflects Francois' willingness to explore and learn about herself, offering viewers a glimpse into her soul journey through journal entries and soulful portraits.

Tiara Unique Francois, a visual artist based in Dallas, Texas, holds a BFA in painting from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work has been showcased in various group exhibitions across Texas, Georgia, and California. Notably, in 2021, she debuted her first solo exhibition, "The Pro Compositions," at the 500X Gallery in Dallas, TX, followed by attending the ON::View Residency in Savannah, GA, in 2022.

Ciara Elle Bryant, the curator of the exhibition, is a multidisciplinary artist and curator based in Dallas, TX, known for her contributions to furthering conversations surrounding black culture in art and historical studies.

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, located at 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX, invites visitors to experience "Learning to be T.U.F." The exhibition will be on view through March 29, 2024, during operating hours from Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m.

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