Isaka Shamsud-Din

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

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.

Isaka has been working on his legacy project, an 19-month Juneteenth Calendar, for many years and he is excited to announce that you can order your calendar today!

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.

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
  • Anna-Katharina Rigby
  • 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