Isaka Shamsud-Din

Isaka Shamsud-Din is an artist, educator, and activist who has been capturing the lives, histories, and cultures of African American and African diaspora peoples in his paintings, drawings, murals, teachings, and community projects for most of his 77 years.

Image above: Detail of Bilalian Odyssey (1983), oil on wood panel. Installed in the Oregon Convention Center.

More information will be coming soon.

Isaka is working on a project he considers his most important work, his legacy: his Juneteenth Calendar, featuring his art and scholarship. We're running a crowd-funding campaign to raise the money to publish the calendar, form a non-profit, create a companion website, develop related educational and community programs, and keep it going in future years. Calendars will be delivered to supporters and also available for retail sale starting on Black Friday, November 23. Other fantastic perks are on offer. Anyone interested in ordering quantities of 12 or greater can contact studio@isakashamsuddin.com for possible quantity discounts.

To provide ongoing support to Isaka, become his patron at http://patreon.com/isaka. See a list of current patrons below. Thanks to you all—you're helping turn this idea into reality!

Gratitude and praise to these generous, supportive, and visionary patrons of Shamsud-Din Studio and this work.

  • Arlene Schnitzer, Schnitzer Care Foundation
  • Teressa Raiford, Don't Shoot Portland director and candidate for Portland Mayor
  • Victor Maldonado, assistant professor and "dean of inclusion," Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Matt Letzelter, Watershed; associate professor, printmaking, Pacific Northwest College of Art

These individuals and organizations are collaborators, supporters, and friends who sustain this work 🙏

  • Barb Hall, Schnitzer Care Foundation
  • Mary Constans
  • Elijah Hassan, fellow, Open Signal
  • Yugen Rashad, KBOO Radio
  • Milo Reed, Oregon Historical Society
  • Jay Cunningham, Multnomah County Library - North Portland
  • Julie Ann Rogers
  • Laura Byrd
  • Ishaq Shamsud-Din
  • Ma'aloom Shamsud-Din
  • Rosemari Banks
  • Dominique LaBaw
  • Sandra Toussaint
  • Jenisa Reed
  • Susan Paine
  • MESO
  • Mark Oliver, Metropolitan Family Services

Thanks to the Patreon Patrons who helped start and keep this whole thing rolling!

  • Alexis Morgan
  • Asiatic Traveler
  • Charlene Levesque
  • Cleophas C. Chambliss
  • Dominique LaBaw
  • Ida J. Cunningham
  • Ishaq Shamsud-Din
  • Jenisa Reed
  • Jennifer Lahoda
  • Julie Ann Rogers
  • Laura Byrd
  • Leonora Ramirez
  • Ma'aloom Shamsud-Din
  • Marian Gallagher
  • Rosemari Banks
  • Sandra Toussaint
  • and you? Join them at patreon.com/isaka