The new face of America is black. Remember? We elected President Obama. Well, we suppose some would like to forget. But they’d better get used to it. That’s America. It’s a meltin’ pot. Same with our most famous artist. She’s not someone who paints marshscapes en plein air. Nope. She’s a basket maker, she’s Gullah, and last year she won a MacArthur “genius” grant to the tune of $500,000. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, the face of art in Charleston is black, and we don’t have to tell you there’s a kind of indiscreet pleasure in knowing that fact really irritates some people. But Mary Jackson transcends pettiness. Her art surpasses the here and now — it looks back to a long-held tradition that also looks forward to the future. —John Stoehr