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CONSERVING LEGACIES Exhibit Honors Black Artists Of The Past, Present, and Future

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – In celebration of art inspired by Black History and its contributions to American artforms, Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery, with funding and support from the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County and Piedmont Natural Gas, presents CONSERVING LEGACIES: Past, Present and Future – The Fayetteville State University Fine Art Collection on display now through March 5, 2022 at The Arts Center Gallery located at 301 Hay Street in Fayetteville, NC.

The exhibit if free and open to public viewing.

CONSERVING LEGACIES: Past, Present and Future is an awe-inspiring art exhibition depicting the history and creative culture of the Black experience in America. Featuring over eighty selected works of historical and contemporary visual artists from The Fayetteville State University Fine Art Collection, the exhibit explores the fabric of Black culture through imagery that is connected to love, jubilee, tragedy, truth, and challenges faced by people of color.


Adger Cowans

Albert Chong

Alexandra Smeak

Angela Stout

Anita Bates

Anthony Barboza

Ben Jones

Bill Sanders

Brenda Stroud

Carole Morisseau

Charles White

Christopher Batten

Clarissa Sligh

Damien Mathis

Danny Simmons

David Driskell

Deborah Willis

Dwight Smith

Earlie Hudnall

Eileen Montero

Elizabeth Catlett

Evangeline Montgomery

Gilda Snowden

Gregory Johnson

Gregory Simpson

Harvey Johnson

Henry Heading

Henry Tolliver

Hugh Grannum

Jasmine Murrell

Jeanne Poulet

Jide Aje

Jocelyn Rainey

John Biggers

Juanita Anderson

Kwesi Asante

Lois Mailou Jones

Lonnell Hurst

Marvalisa Coley

Nefertiti Goodman

Oggi Ogburn

Oni Akilah

Paul Goodnight

Raymond Wells

Renee Stout

Robbie Best

Saffell Gardner

Samella Lewis

Savisan Savla

Senghor Reid

Shirley Woodson

Sonya Clark

T. Stephenson

Tanya Murphy Dodd

Terrance Corbin

Valerie Fair

James Van Der Zee

Walter Williams

William Tolliver

Willis Bing Davis

Acknowledging how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a vital role in recognizing, collecting, and preserving the works of Black artists and other artists of color, these institutions are credited for continuing the historical narrative highlighting the value and importance that HBCU collections have towards expanding Black American art across many generations. Over 17 HBCUs across the U.S. have museums, historical sites, or art galleries on their campuses that hold some of the world’s most fascinating pieces of art, tell the story of important African American educators and leaders, and secure the rich historical testimonies of African American art and culture.

Intellectual and cultural validation is a powerful enlightenment tool resulting in a much broader scope of critical thinking and analyzing works of art.

Educators are encouraged to schedule a Gallery Group Tour and share this cultural experience with students throughout the region. Contact the Arts Council to inquire about gallery availability, adjusted gallery hours, and any restrictions that may apply.

Barbara Hayes, Receptionist



To view the Arts Council’s full lineup of compelling, inspirational, and celebratory events during the Black Culture Experience powered by Piedmont Natural Gas, visit:



Ellington-White Community Development Corporation (EWCDC) is a non-profit, arts-based community development corporation reflecting and responding to artistic cultural diversity while generating and supporting high quality and diverse cultural experiences in all of the arts and arts-related disciplines.

Located at 113 Gillespie Street in Fayetteville, NC, the Ellington-White Contemporary is an art gallery for emerging and professional artists featuring a yearly exhibition schedule of national and local artists, national touring exhibitions, and curatorial research projects in the visual arts and the humanities. Several of these exhibitions are collaborations with other area arts presenting agencies that include the Fayetteville State University Rosenthal Art Gallery and the Cumberland County Public Library.



The Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all

affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation.

Since 1973, the Arts Council has served as a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations, and the greater community by administering programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to help advance community and economic growth, stimulate tourism, reinforce child education through the ARTS, and enhance the cultural identity of the arts and entertainment district.

Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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