Cynthia Saint James at NC State AACC Gallery


“Until the story of the hunt is told by the Lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
– African Proverb

The African American Cultural Center art gallery hosts nationally and internationally recognized artists known for capturing various historical and contemporary happenings related to African American and African diaspora cultures. There are typically 4-6 exhibitions each academic year, open to all members of the NC state and surrounding communities. The art gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9 – 5 p.m.

About the Artist

Alexis Lawson is a poet, storyteller, daydreamer, and author of the poetry collection The Beauty in my Bare Bones (2019). Alexis was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but having grown up both in the North and South contributed greatly to her perception of womanhood. Throughout her life, Alexis has always been fascinated by words and storytelling and the impact that conversation can have in someone’s life. Naturally, she was drawn to writing. The interest was cultivated during her teenage years and further developed when she opted to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University.

After completing her second degree at 19 years old, Alexis worked as a teacher, specializing in Creative Writing. She taught Kindergarten – Fifth Grade helping them foster the same enthusiasm that she has for writing. In this position, she learned a lot about the stories that she wanted to share with the world and cultivate within the people she meets.

She aspires to give her readers the key to hundreds of worlds within a lifetime and to give people who feel forgotten, overlooked, and not included in literature a place to call their own. Alexis intends to break the trauma troupe in literature and reinforce black joy in narratives. She is passionate about crafting stories that inspire others to become the people they read about. She feels that the artistic exchange between conversation and the artist opens up many opportunities.

Alexis currently lives in Raleigh, NC, and works as a full-time freelance writer and content creator. Her work has been published in Charlotte Observer, Midnight and Indigo, MadameNoire , Business Insider, and is forthcoming in a McGraw Hill textbook. You can read more of her work on the blog and on her social platforms @HerBlackHand.