Celebrating Black Artists

This month we wanted to take the time to share some of our favorite black artists with you. We believe their astounding talent should be celebrated not just during Black History Month, but all year round. 

Photo courtesy of Swann Galleries

 Violets 1890 Oil on Cardstock

Pauline Powell Burns (1872-1912) was an incredible painter born and raised in Oakland California. She is thought to have started displaying her paintings as early as 14 years old and was also a talented classical pianist. Pauline was the first African-American artist to exhibit anywhere in California. Sadly, many of her artworks did not survive. The pieces that did survive are wonderfully realistic landscapes and still lifes. 


Photo Courtesy of TheasterGates.com

 All Day We Gathered in Yazoo, 2020

High fire stoneware with glaze, wood


Theaster Gates was born in 1973 and lives and works in Chicago. He creates work that focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance. He pulls from his training in urban planning and preservation to recreate spaces that have been forgotten. He is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and has won countless awards for his innovative work. 


Photo Courtesy of WalkerArt.org

Kara Walker installing The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva in Heaven (1995)

Kara Walker is a contemporary multimedia artist who has earned international recognition for her cut-paper silhouettes depicting historical narratives. She has also used drawing, painting, text, shadow puppetry, film, and sculpture to create impacting works across the world. In 1997, at age 28, Walker became one of the youngest-ever recipients to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

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