Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, <i> Man and Woman with Dignity</i>, 2008

Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry have worked and exhibited their work internationally. Through their large-scale public projects, performative sculpture, painting, photography, video, and self-portraiture, they explore complex issues revolving around marginalized members of society. They also challenge audiences to face issues of race and social justice in communities, history, and the family.  Embedded within their work, whether it […]

Lauren Kelley, <i>Big Gurl,</i> 2006

Click here to watch “Big Gurl” on Vimeo Lauren Kelley uses stop-motion animation to explore stereotypes of femininity and race. By using her voice to speak for a cast of black dolls, Kelley breathes life into plastic characters while poignantly and humorously addressing issues such as gender, womanhood, and the human condition. Whether telling stories of […]

Myra Greene, <i>Untitled</i> from the series <i>Character Recognition,</i> 2004 – 2007

Myra Greene is a photographer and the 2016 – 17 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Spelman College. The artist enjoys exploring photographic processes that engage issues about the body, memory, the absorption of culture, and the ever-shifting identity of African Americans. In 2013, Greene started experimenting with African fabrics as a material and pattern to explore her own […]

Sheila Pree Bright, <i>Suburbia</i>, 2008

Sheila Pree Bright is an Atlanta-based, award-winning fine art photographer nationally known for her photographic series Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, Suburbia, 1960 Who, and #1960Now. Bright is described as a “social cultural anthropologist” whose works combine a wide range of contemporary culture including photographic portrayals and provocative commentary on American beauty standards, urban and suburban themes, citizenship, and social movements. Suburbia is […]

Beverly Buchanan, <i>Untitled (Red Ladder),</i> 1995

Beverly Buchanan began creating her shack sculptures in the mid-1980s while living and working in Macon, Georgia. While she made large-scale abstract paintings and land art in her early career, she is widely recognized for her sculptures of shacks made from media such as wood, tin, cardboard, foam core, and other materials. As a young girl, […]

Jacob Lawrence, <i>Praying Ministers,</i> 1962

Jacob Lawrence is one of the most prolific American artists of the twentieth century. As a painter, storyteller, and educator, he was among the first African American artists to be represented by a New York gallery, have his work featured in prominent art museums, and consistently receive recognition. His work is in the permanent collections of […]

Toyin Ojih Odutola, <i>LTS VIII,</i> 2014

Toyin Ojih Odutola creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity of identity as it relates to her personal journey of having been born in Nigeria then moving and assimilating into American culture particularly in conservative Alabama. The artist renders life-size paintings in charcoal, pastel, and pencil and employs a distinctive style of intricate mark-making. Her lush […]

Marcia Kure <i>LDIMEDILLIGAF,</i> 2011 <i>“LBR and LGR,”</i> 2011 <i>“The Conformist,”</i> 2011

Marcia Kure creates drawings, photomontages, and sculptures that explore alternative worlds as a response to colonialism. She has garnered significant attention for her paintings and drawings that are made of the brownish pigment of kola nuts and watercolor.  LDIMEDILLIGAF, LBR and LGR, and The Conformist, are all from Kure’s series Fashionable Hybrids. She explained:  The Fashionable Hybrids series evolved from […]

Berni Searle <i>Lament II and III,</i> 2011

Berni Searle is a South African artist who is renowned for her impressive body of work that employs video, photography, and various other media, including found objects and her body to evocatively communicate trauma, loss, identity, history, agency, and hope. Lament is a series of six photographs that Searle created as a companion to Interlaced (2011), the three-screen video […]

Carrie Mae Weems <i>When & Where I Enter, The British Museum,</i> 2006 – 2007

For over three decades, through image, text, film, and video, artist Carrie Mae Weems has created an impactful body of work that interrogates race, gender, class, politics, and power. Weems, a Prix de Rome and MacArthur Fellowship winner, asks salient relevant questions and examines our collective past. When & Where I Enter, The British Museum is part of […]

María Magdalena Campos-Pons <i>Spoken Softly with Mama II,</i> 1998 – 2008

María Magdalena Campos-Pons is a Nashville-based artist who grew up in Matanzas, Cuba in a family with Nigerian, Spanish, and Chinese lineage. Through her installations, painting, photography, performance, and video, she explores dislocation, femininity, identity, longing, and spirituality. Campos-Pons is the Vanderbilt Cornelius Endowed Chair of Fine Arts Drawing, Performance, and Installation at Vanderbilt University. The […]

ROZEAL <i>a<sup>3</sup> blackface #65,</i> 2003

ROZEAL, formerly known as iona rozeal brown is a D.C. based contemporary artist and DJ who fuses Japanese imagery and hip-hop culture in her large-scale acrylic paintings. Brown created the series a3 an acronym for “afro-asiatic allegory” to interrogate issues surrounding authenticity and culture in the face of globalization. “I felt stung,” brown recalls of […]