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Celebration of Black History Exhibition

The Arts Council
Reflections Opening with Chancellor Anderson (FSU) & Myrna Colley-Lee
Romare Bearden: Beat of a Different Drum
Words and Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson
Diedra Harris-Kelley and the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter
Vivan Hewitt. John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art
Collecting Black Art Event with Jerald Melberg
Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly of The Color of Courage
Friday, January 26 - Saturday, February 24 | All Day
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Celebration of the diversity of African-American identity during this month long exhibition.

Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri 9 a.m. - noon
Sat noon-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Past National Touring Exhibitions we have produced from 2014 - 2016 include:

February 2017

Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection is an exceptional display of Black art. 
Leading this exploration are works on paper by prominent African-American artists includingElizabeth CatlettGwen KnightBetye SaarJohn Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Rural landscapes captured by Maude Schulyer ClayGerald DeLoachRandy Hayes, and Tom Rankin are set in contrast with urban landscape paintings by Ernest Crichlow and Rod Ivey ("Window" by Crichlow pictured above). Studio portraits by celebrated photographer James Van Der Zee, and the more candid photography of Roland FreemanMilly Moorhead, and Eudora Welty, provide a glimpse into the African diaspora. Works by collage masters Romare Bearden and James Denmark, along with a haunting shadowbox construction by postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey, speak to the layered histories of a strong and spiritual people. A rare painting by famed artist Charles White concludes the transformative journey and conveys the quiet wisdom of Reflections

January 2016 - March 2016
“Romare Bearden: Beat of a Different Drum,” co-partner the prestigious Romare Bearden Foundation
The Arts Council teamed up with some of the industry’s leading trailblazers — Charlotte’s renowned Jerald Melberg Gallery, the prestigious Romare Bearden Foundation in New York City, and Fayetteville's premiere historic staple, The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex — to bring this exciting exhibition experience to Fayetteville.

January 2015  
Words and Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson.
The works in this collection are selections from seven books, all illustrated by Kadir Nelson and four of which he wrote. Many of the works he illustrates -- as well as the ones he writes -- speak to overcoming the odds, maintaining dignity and wisdom and, as he said in an interview with Scholastic, show "the beauty of the human spirit and the light within us."

January 2014  
John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art
For over a 50-year period, John and Vivian Hewitt visited galleries, artists' studios and exhibitions, collecting hundreds of paintings, etchings and sketches. The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art is an assemblage of 580 two-dimensional works celebrating the expression and passion of 20 artists, including North Carolina-born Romare Bearden and other master artists, Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

Past Exhibition Sponsors included (partial list):

  • Macy's
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Terminex
  • Coca Cola
  • Aldi
  • R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Co.
  • WRAL-TV 5 /NBC
  • Walter Guy Jewelers
  • Lyn and Michael Green Charitable Fund  
  • The Florence Rogers Charitable Trust
  • Bank of America
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • The Fayetteville Observer
  • Carolina Vascular Institute
  • Methodist University
  • Carolina Vision Center 
  • The CarMax Foundation


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