Crocker Museum "Black Artists on Art"

Tribute to Dr. Samella Lewis Exhibit

Black Artists on Art: Past, Present, and Future celebrates legendary and contemporary Black artists and the legacy of the “Black Artists on Art” book series.




This group exhibition showcases work by legendary artists Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Dumile Feni, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Samella Lewis, Ruth Waddy, and Charles White; as well as contemporary artists EMONI, Alpha Bruton, Beth Consetta Rubel, Joha Harrison, Dwight Head, Laurelin Gilmore, Claude Lewis, Keia Kodama, Lee McCormick, Shonna McDaniels, and more. 

The Black Artists on Art exhibition series is organized by Unity Lewis, the grandson of the late Dr. Samella Lewis, the artist, historian, author, and educator who is often referred to as the godmother of Black art. The presentation of Black Artists on Art at the Crocker is the ninth iteration of the series and is unique in its pairing of well-known legends with contemporary and youth artists. The exhibition series takes its name from the "Black Artists on Art" book series, originally published by Dr. Lewis and Ruth Waddy in 1969, which brought attention to the many notable Black artists who were neglected or overlooked by the mainstream art world.



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