IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present
Roscoè B. Thické III: Parables
April 16, 2022 @ 7 PM
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
Join us for the 4th annual collaboration between IlluminArts and Oolite Arts as we highlight the first solo show of Oolite Arts resident artist, Roscoè B. Thické III. Roscoè is a Photographer and Visual Artist born and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Miami Norland Senior High school, Roscoè traveled the world to find his voice and to serve his country. These travels took him to diverse lands such as Jordan, Iraq, South Korea and El Paso, Texas. While traveling, Roscoè attended various colleges, studying art at every turn, including design and photography at Broward College. This service to his country combined with personal experiences gave Roscoè an appreciation for the present and a longing to document his surroundings through photography. Roscoè uses his photography and visual artistry to tell stories that invoke feelings and a sense of understanding in the viewer.
This musical and spoken word performance event will weave Roscoè's photography and stories together with music sung by “vocally sumptuous” (Chicago Tribune) soprano Whitney Morrison. Through storytelling developed and crafted by Roscoè and poet Arsimmer McCoy, this dramatic presentation will introduce audiences to Roscoè: Visual Artist, Veteran, Brother, Photographer, Father and Confidant. The musical program will feature works by Terence Blanchard, Jessie Montgomery, Nina Simone and more.
Rising star Whitney Morrison has earned praise for her “big, gleaming soprano” (Chicago Classical Review) and “vocally sumptuous” performances (Chicago Tribune). A Chicago native and recent alum of the Ryan Opera Center, Morrison champions the African American aesthetic in classical music, embracing a style of performance that blends classical singing technique with elements of the gospel singing tradition. Of her most recent performance in the LyricOpera of Chicago’s virtual concert, “Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter,” Opera News raved, “Whitney Morrison was simply astonishing in everything she sang...This is a voice we need to hear live.”
Morrison’s future engagements include 7 Deaths of Maria Callas with Marina Abramović at the Greek National Opera Athens, her debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Louise/Betty in The life and Times of Malcolm X, and the cover for the role of Billie in Fire Shut up in My Bones with the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She appeared earlier this season as Leonie Baker in the world premiere of Freedom Ride at Chicago Opera Theater, prompting The Wall Street Journal to declare, “One impassioned aria caught my ear: Leonie Baker (soprano Whitney Morrison)” and Classical Voice America to say, “the production’s big surprise was soprano Whitney Morrison, who nearly stole the show.”
A 2020 National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Morrison also counts among her many accolades first place in the National Classical Singer University Competition, top honors in the Musicians Club of Women Competition, selection as a finalist in the Luminarts Classical Music Competition and recipient of a She Shines Award from Girls Inc. of Chicago. Morrison is a two-time recipient of the UNCF John Lennon Endowed Scholarship and also trained at the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy and the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Germany.
International poet, educator, cultural worker, performance & collaborative artist, Arsimmer McCoy, is from Richmond Heights, Florida. McCoy’s work is shaped through conversations about identity, human connectivity, legacy, validation, and explorations of the city’s community threading.
Arsimmer has been featured in RootWork Journal, Mixed Magazine, The Lighthouse Review, Creatures Mag, and Opal Literary. Her pieces have been published in Venice Magazine’s Power issue (2020) and Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering, a collection of micro-elegies to Miami places. A commissioned piece through Bakehouse Art Complex (“Ode to Bakehouse” created with artist Chris Friday) is on view via a mural, on the building’s north-facing wall. Other commissioned work includes a poem/poetry performance in multi-disciplinary artist GeoVanna Gonzalez’s art film, How to: Look at you. The short film You can always come home, produced by Monica Sorelle & directed by Juancy Matos (for architect/artist Germane Barnes) includes a collective poem written by McCoy and Reginald O’neal, and premiered at the New Orleans Film festival in November of last year. Arsimmer was asked by the Perez Art Museum to co-curate an ekphrastic program, pairing poets with the PAMM collection to create new pieces, performed live, in the museum. McCoy creates workshops and her newest series “Make a Masterpiece of Me'', will be presented in collaboration with the Atlantic Center of the Performing Arts, (Co-curated with with creator Eve Payor, Dir. of Community programs), in New Smyrna Beach. Arsimmer is a 2022 AIRIE fellow, recipient of the 2021 Miami Foundation racial equity grant, Locust Project’s 2021 Wavemaker grant, and Oolite Arts Ellie Creator award winner. McCoy holds a BA in English from the historic Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, and is the Director of Programming for Bookleggers Library; a nonprofit mobile book store distributing and exchanging free literature, in Miami.