Because only two of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are featured, the following Website may be used as an effective starting point to identify an even larger number of HBCUs with a gallery or museum: http://www.edonline.com/cq/hbcu/alphabet.htm. If your alma mater does not have a gallery or museum, consider supporting that institution in some other way. If you are not a college graduate or not a graduate of an HBCU, then consider adopting one of these institutions whose vision strike you in a positive way.
In order to remain viable and relevant during these critical economic times, these institutions need the collective support of all of us with an interest in African American art. As we approach the new year, this is a great time, before 2013 comes to a close, to think how might I help one of these institutions in some small way. Perhaps, renewing an annual membership or even considering an up grade to the next level of a membership category; giving a membership as a gift to a friend or relative; giving an outright gift to an institution; or even offering to volunteer.
Trevor Arnett Hall, 2nd Level
Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries, 2011
The African-American Art Collection came into being as a result of annual art exhibitions inaugurated by Hale Aspacio Woodruff. The purpose of the annual exhibitions, which continued from 1942 to 1970, was to afford African-American artists, who had at the time few opportunities to exhibit, a forum in which to display their works. Purchase prizes were awarded in various categories and Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) gradually came into possession of a considerable collection. Close to 900 African-American artists from all over the country participated in the annual exhibitions during those years. The works of some 155 of them initiated the core of the present collection.
|Calvin Burnett, The Box, 1966, Pastel, |
20¼" x 24¾"
|Mama Judie MacDonald, Checkerboard Quilt, 1969, Textile, 103½" x 79½"|
Trevor Arnett Hall, Art Galleries Aspacio Atrium, 2011
Art of the Negro: Interchange: Panel 2/6, 1950-1951
Oil on canvas, 11' x 11'
Clark Atlanta University has been the grateful recipient of valuable gifts in its contemporary collection. Chauncey Waddell, a former Trustee, and his wife Catherine Hughes, and more recently his son Theodore Waddell have presented a collection in excess of 80 works by notable European-American artists, including Eugene Higgins, Will Barnett, John Marin, Isabel Bishop, I. Rice Pereira, Edwin Dickinson, and Larry Rivers.
350 Spelman Lane, Box 1526
About the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the only museum in the nation that
emphasizes art by and about women of the African Diaspora. Since the Museum opened in 1996, it has established an impressive track record for organizing first-rate, mission-specific, art exhibitions that expand contemporary offerings in Atlanta and the southeast region. It has garnered a reputation for organizing exhibitions that merit national and international attention. Milestones include being selected as the first institution from the United States that jointly (along with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston) represented the United States at the 2012 Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba. The Museum is poised to continue its trajectory of pursuing ambitious relevant projects that have a lasting impact.
The Spelman College Collection
The Spelman College permanent collection dates to the 1940s and includes more than 350 objects. African, ethnographic, and three-dimensional artifacts comprise the core of the permanent holdings. The collection of African art includes works by peoples of Cameroon, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. In addition, the permanent holdings include works by celebrated African American artists, including Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Hale Woodruff, and many others. Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Lalla Essaydi, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, and Nandipha Mntambo are amongst the roster of artists from Africa and the African Diaspora whose works are represented in the College's growing collection. To honor its unique mission, the Museum strives to acquire art that highlight the spectrum of works that women artists of Africa and the African Diaspora create.
Friends of the Museum
Friends of the Museum are vital to the Museum's success. Support from Friends enable the Museum to focus on its three priorities: presenting original exhibitions, organizing engaging and interdisciplinary programs, and growing
the Spelman College permanent collection. As a Friend of this unique institution, members enjoy a host of benefits and opportunities commensurate with increased levels of support, including social events with artists and museum professionals, priority registration for regional, national, and international art excursions, exclusive behind-the-scene tours, previews of exhibitions, and much more.
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