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Fisk University Art Galleries

Fisk University Art Galleries Fisk University is home to The Carl Van Vechten Gallery and The Aaron Douglas Gallery. Fisk University Galleries provide a welcoming environment and foster an appreciation and understanding of art through exhibitions, educational programs and research.

The galleries maintain a permanent collection with over 4,000 objects that span three centuries of art history. Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henry O. Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Diego Rivera, Aaron Douglas, Winold Reiss, Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz are just a few of the acclaimed artists represented in the collection, along with significant examples of African, Oceanic,

The galleries maintain a permanent collection with over 4,000 objects that span three centuries of art history. Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henry O. Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Diego Rivera, Aaron Douglas, Winold Reiss, Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz are just a few of the acclaimed artists represented in the collection, along with significant examples of African, Oceanic,

Operating as usual

As this deinstallation is almost complete, we take a moment to send gratitude to Dr. Leo Twiggs for his contribution to ...
09/21/2022

As this deinstallation is almost complete, we take a moment to send gratitude to Dr. Leo Twiggs for his contribution to art programs at HBCUs and his artistic vision. Thanks again to The Johnson Collection for lending us this moving and timeless work. 1. Delilah Pierce, “Where the Blue and the White Nile Meet”, 1953. 2. Aaron Douglas, “The Toiler”, c. 1935. 3. Director Jamaal Sheats connecting with a mini college student in front of Dr. Leo Twiggs, “Flag”, 2014. leotwiggs.com

Heading into Fall full of thoughts.
09/08/2022

Heading into Fall full of thoughts.

Showing up for Fall Gallery Week! Artwork by Wadsworth Jarrell, “Pitts Pub”(1962), from The Johnson Collection.
08/31/2022

Showing up for Fall Gallery Week! Artwork by Wadsworth Jarrell, “Pitts Pub”(1962), from The Johnson Collection.

Welcome Christine Gostowski! Christine is the new Registrar and Collections Manager for the galleries. She comes with pa...
08/31/2022

Welcome Christine Gostowski! Christine is the new Registrar and Collections Manager for the galleries. She comes with painting conservation experience and has hit the ground running! Currently, she is working in the library to conserve “Bird Icon”, by Skunder Boghossian. She is a welcome addition to our staff!

This member of the CCM Leadership Academy understands the power of Representation.                            John Bigge...
06/17/2022

This member of the CCM Leadership Academy understands the power of Representation.

John Biggers was a prolific artist who believed in representing self-dignity through art. He studied at Hampton Institute, now University(est. 1868), served in the U.S. Navy and went on to earn his bachelor’s, masters and doctorate in education. In 1949, he moved to Houston, Tx and served as founder and chairman of Texas State (est. 1947), now Texas Southern University until 1983. #hbcupride#theblackexperience #socialresponsibility #hamptonuniversity#texassouthernuniversity#thejohnsoncollection

Representation.                                    #hbcu#theblackexperience #socialresponsibility
06/16/2022

Representation. #hbcu#theblackexperience #socialresponsibility

Proof there’s no age limit for gallery exposure. Yesterday’s special visitors included Mrs. Haze Robinson’s 7 & 8 yr old...
06/09/2022

Proof there’s no age limit for gallery exposure. Yesterday’s special visitors included Mrs. Haze Robinson’s 7 & 8 yr old class from Beth Madison House Mini-College held @fiskuniversity. #hbcuartists #artexposure #elevationfromwithin #thejohnsoncollection

Hank Willis Thomas has made his mark on Fisk’s grounds by way of two public art sculptures from his 2015-16 exhibition “...
04/30/2022

Hank Willis Thomas has made his mark on Fisk’s grounds by way of two public art sculptures from his 2015-16 exhibition “The Truth Is I See You”, funded by the Public Art Fund. These steel speech balloons are meant to encourage conversation, truth telling and exchange of diverse perspectives.

https://www.publicartfund.org/exhibitions/view/hank-willis-thomas-the-truth-is-i-see-you/
https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/willis-thomas-at-metrotech-commons/3243.
#publicart, #thetruthis, #hankwillisthomas

We’d like to applaud our art gallery ambassadors and volunteers on a successful Spring 2022  semester! We were fortunate...
04/28/2022

We’d like to applaud our art gallery ambassadors and volunteers on a successful Spring 2022 semester! We were fortunate to have former Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and chief conservator at Yale University Art Gallery, Ian McClure and independent conservator, Kathryn Hebb, work with students to conserve objects from the collection, some of which will be part of the African Modernism in America, 1947-1967 exhibition in the Fall. During the week-long intensive, twenty one students were trained to assess, stabilize, inpaint and surface clean eleven works. Special thanks to Bank of America’s 2021 Art Conservation Project for funding this project. Fisk was one of 23 grant recipients.

Register now for the Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice online panel discussion «The Ocean as Archive» which will fea...
03/16/2022

Register now for the Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice online panel discussion «The Ocean as Archive» which will feature Issac Julien, Ayesha Hameed and Naiza Khan in conversation, moderated by Selene Wendt.

Wednesday March 16 at 10 AM CST

Vanderbilt University, along with partners, Fisk University, The Frist Art Museum and Millions of conversations presents «Artistic Activism and the Power of Collective Resistance», a series of panel discussions and artist interventions focusing on art as an act of solidarity and resistance, starting March 16 and continuing through 2023.

EADJ is a trans-institutional initiative that addresses the intersection of art and social engagement, initiated by Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair and Professor of Fine Art. The 2022/23 program «Artistic Activism and the Power of Collective Resistance» is curated by Selene Wendt, art historian, writer, and founder of The Global Art Project.

#naizakhanart #ayeshahameed #isaacjulien #selenewendt #mariamagdalenacampospons #engineforartdemocracyandjustice

@naiza_khan_art @sayeshahameed @isaacjulien @fristartmuseum @fiskuniversitygalleries @amillionconvos

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2p8nucr7

We sit in the very house that Dubois and the Class of 1888 built. We honor his legacy and contribution to the African Am...
02/23/2022

We sit in the very house that Dubois and the Class of 1888 built. We honor his legacy and contribution to the African American Experience and his continual influence on the Fisk University family. Happy Birthday Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois!
#FiskHerald#NAACP#NiagaraMovement

•Portrait of Du Bois by William H. Johnson, in the collection of Fisk University Galleries

Please join us for this exciting conversation! Ndidi D**e is a renowned contemporary artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Tra...
01/20/2022

Please join us for this exciting conversation! Ndidi D**e is a renowned contemporary artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Trained as a painter at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, she became a self-taught sculptor. Over the decades, her work has evolved into a multidimensional and multimedia practice defined by experimental processes in photography, collage and video and critical interrogation of materials and ideas. Her long-term research projects deeply engage global histories by using potent metaphors and symbolic objects to address the history of slavery, forced migration, displacement, memory, gender, inequality, remembrance, marginalization, natural resource extraction industries, consumerism, commodification, postcolonial history and legacies and contemporary politics.  Webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/98382558933?pwd=aGtOWndQd2xTejhpUE1tclQwdHBSdz09
Passcode: 906125. I.Ndidi D**e, A Bend in the River II, detail, Sonsbeek, 2020-24
II. Ndidi D**e, Panoramic Meditation On Trade, Capitalism and Dispossession, 2020-21, exhibited in Working through an Impasse, Art Twenty One, Lagos
III. Ndidi D**e, Trace: Transactional Aesthetics, exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, 2019

Please join us for this exciting conversation. Ndidi D**e is a renowned contemporary artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Tra...
01/20/2022

Please join us for this exciting conversation. Ndidi D**e is a renowned contemporary artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Trained as a painter at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, she became a self-taught sculptor. Over the decades, her work has evolved into a multidimensional and multimedia practice defined by experimental processes in photography, collage and video and critical interrogation of materials and ideas. Her long-term research projects deeply engage global histories by using potent metaphors and symbolic objects to address the history of slavery, forced migration, displacement, memory, gender, inequality, remembrance, marginalization, natural resource extraction industries, consumerism, commodification, postcolonial history and legacies and contemporary politics.  Webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/98382558933?pwd=aGtOWndQd2xTejhpUE1tclQwdHBSdz09
Passcode: 906125. I.Ndidi D**e, A Bend in the River II, detail, Sonsbeek, 2020-24
II. Ndidi D**e, Panoramic Meditation On Trade, Capitalism and Dispossession, 2020-21, exhibited in Working through an Impasse, Art Twenty One, Lagos
III. Ndidi D**e, Trace: Transactional Aesthetics, exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, 2019

Repost from @fiskuniversitygalleries•Join us as we celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Carl Van Vechten Gallery’s foun...
11/04/2021

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Join us as we celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Carl Van Vechten Gallery’s founding on November 4, 1949! Become a friend !!! #link in Bio #carlvanvechten #carlvanvechtengallery #georgiaokeeffe #alfredstieglitz #americanart #africanamericanart

We are thrilled to be awarded funding from Bank of America to support conservation efforts at Fisk University Special th...
06/24/2021
Fisk University Galleries Named as a 2021 Bank of America Art Conservation Project Grant Recipient - Fisk University

We are thrilled to be awarded funding from Bank of America to support conservation efforts at Fisk University Special thank you to Tyson Moore and the entire Bank of America team.

Today Bank of America announced Fisk University Galleries as one of 23 grant recipients for the 2021 Bank of America Art Conservation Project (ACP). The project provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of....

Repost from @current_art_fund•TOMORROW ~ THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 3pm * our Nashville Q&A Workshop for the 2021 @current_art_fu...
06/02/2021

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TOMORROW ~ THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 3pm * our Nashville Q&A Workshop for the 2021 @current_art_fund grant cycle is a time for interested applicants to meet in person with @tristar_arts Executive Director @brian_r_jobe to discuss the call for project-based grant submissions * the grant application requirements, eligibility, accessibility, and format will be addressed * our gracious host for the event is @fiskuniversitygalleries @fiskuniversity * attendance limited to 18 people * RSVP via link in bio #currentartfund #tristararts

Repost from @fristartmuseum•On view through May 31 @fiskuniversity #Repost @burnaway —"Mahama’s work allows for personal...
05/20/2021

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On view through May 31 @fiskuniversity
#Repost @burnaway —
"Mahama’s work allows for personal reflections, but it clearly grounds Nashville with its history of slavery, civil rights struggles, and black higher education in a global dialogue on African diaspora." Read more about Sara Lee Burd's (@saraleeburd) visit to "Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice" in Nashville using the link in our (Burnaway) bio.
#EADJ @fiskuniversitygalleries @vandyfinearts @vanderbilt.art #fristartmuseum
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Installation views of Ibrahim Mahama, "Leaves of Grass" 2020-2021. Photograph courtesy of the Frist Museum of Art and Jerry Atnip.

11/16/2020

#TerryAdkins: Join artist, writer, and curator Clifford Owens and curators Katie Delmez of the Frist Art Museum (@fristartmuseum), Jamaal Sheats of Fisk University Galleries (@fiskuniversitygalleries), and Stephanie Weissberg of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (@pulitzerarts) for a virtual happy hour conversation on artist Terry Adkins.

The group will discuss the artist’s multidisciplinary performance practice and the early influences that inspired it. As a member of Adkins’s performance collective, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, Owens will share a lineage of the group and reflect on its legacy.

This free program will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18, at 5:30 PM. Register via the link in our bio!

#TerryAdkins #Resounding #PulitzerArtsFoundation #PulitzerArts #LevyGorvy
Performance view of “Facets: A Recital Compilation by Terry Adkins,” November 8, 2012 at the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College presented as part of the exhibition “Recital” at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Photo: Patrick O'Rourke

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https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jk8ry3m7Rxqv0N-R7IYqhg

#TerryAdkins: Join artist, writer, and curator Clifford Owens and curators Katie Delmez of the Frist Art Museum (@frista...
11/15/2020

#TerryAdkins: Join artist, writer, and curator Clifford Owens and curators Katie Delmez of the Frist Art Museum (@fristartmuseum), Jamaal Sheats of Fisk University Galleries (@fiskuniversitygalleries), and Stephanie Weissberg of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (@pulitzerarts) for a virtual happy hour conversation on artist Terry Adkins.

The group will discuss the artist’s multidisciplinary performance practice and the early influences that inspired it. As a member of Adkins’s performance collective, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, Owens will share a lineage of the group and reflect on its legacy.

This free program will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18, at 5:30 PM. Register via the link in our bio!

#TerryAdkins #Resounding #PulitzerArtsFoundation #PulitzerArts #LevyGorvy
Performance view of “Facets: A Recital Compilation by Terry Adkins,” November 8, 2012 at the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College presented as part of the exhibition “Recital” at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Photo: Patrick O'Rourke

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https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jk8ry3m7Rxqv0N-R7IYqhg

Join us for #EADJ Episode 5: Performativity and the Social Body this Wednesday 10/21 @ 10am CT. Register to attend:https...
10/21/2020

Join us for #EADJ Episode 5: Performativity and the Social Body this Wednesday 10/21 @ 10am CT. Register to attend:
https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w9WHYpF8R2KSrl0zPJhB9g
Artists and scholars will virtually gather to discuss performativity as a practice of resilience, resistance and transcendence
The Engine for Art, Democracy, and Justice is a joint initiative of @vanderbilt.art @vanderbiltu @fiskuniversitygalleries @fristartmuseum ArtMuseum, and @amillionconvos
Follow the program here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/eadj/

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Join us for #EADJ Episode 5: Performativity and the Social Body this Wednesday 10/21 @ 10am CT. Register to attend:https...
10/20/2020

Join us for #EADJ Episode 5: Performativity and the Social Body this Wednesday 10/21 @ 10am CT. Register to attend:
https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w9WHYpF8R2KSrl0zPJhB9g
Artists and scholars will virtually gather to discuss performativity as a practice of resilience, resistance and transcendence
The Engine for Art, Democracy, and Justice is a joint initiative of @vanderbilt.art @vanderbiltu @fiskuniversitygalleries @fristartmuseum ArtMuseum, and @amillionconvos
Follow the program here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/eadj/

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#Repost @marinafokidis with @get_repost
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Joins tomorrow evening with a conversation with Erika Adam’s
10/14/2020

Joins tomorrow evening with a conversation with Erika Adam’s

Join us for an evening with Erika Alexander The Great producer of John Lewis: Good Trouble in conversation with Jamaal Sheets Director and Curator for the Fisk University Art Galleries!

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#NonprofitReport: On 2/17, we discussed HBCU Galleries and Museums, with guests; Dr. Liz Andrews, Executive Director of Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Dr. Jontyle Robinson, Curator & Assistant Professor of The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee University & Jamaal Sheats, Director and Curator of Fisk University Art Galleries https://youtu.be/q5UEebS96qw #howardalumni #blackcollege #hbcugrad #hbcualumni #hbculove #blackexcellence #howardhomecoming #blackcolleges #howardgrad #americanu #therealhu #hbcu #blackcolleges #hbcupride #hbcugrad #blackandeducated #hbculove #hbcualumni #hbcualum #hbcubands #blacklove #hu #blackculture #blackgirlmagic #educatedblackwomen #howarduniversity #ilovemyhbcu #famu #hbcunews #educatedblackmen #hbcuhomecoming #hbcugraduate #blackgirlsrock #howardu #hbcus
Museums and Galleries at HBCUs | Nonprofit Report Join us to discuss the role of Museums and Galleries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as we chat with special guests: - Dr. Liz Andrews, Executive Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art - Jamaal Sheats, Director and Curator of the Fisk University Art Galleries - Dr. Jontyle Robinson, Museum Curator of The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee University, and Founding Director of the Alliance of HBCU Museum and Galleries #hbcu #museums #galleries #nonprofit
Today the Fisk University Art Galleries were named as a 2021 Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant recipient! The Galleries are one of 23 grant recipients for the project which provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3qtqufi
Thank you for sharing the great news Vanderbilt University! EADJ is successful from the combined support from Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, Frist Art Museum, and Millions of Conversations as well as the Fisk University Art Galleries, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, and the individuals invovled - Curator, Marina Fokidis; Founder, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and program managers, Elise Burns and Kira Brahman. https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2021/05/11/eadj-and-campos-pons-honored-with-major-art-awards/?utm_source=myvupreview&utm_medium=myvu_email&utm_campaign=myvupreview-2021-05-12
Thank you all for gathering virtually weekly with us for our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 webinars continuing the exploration of "Living in the Precarious South(s)"! It was a pleasure to listen to critical voices in the art and extended worlds reflecting on our current times and the possibilities of future centered around the geographical locations of the south(s). In the ideas of our founder, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: "onward with love" Marina Fokidis Vanderbilt University Fisk University Frist Art Museum Millions of Conversations Fisk University Art Galleries Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery
Join curators Katie Delmez of the Frist Art Museum, Jamaal Sheats of Fisk University Art Galleries, and Stephanie Weissberg of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a virtual happy hour conversation on the artist Terry Adkins. #OnlineEvents #NowPlayingNashville #VirtualGallery #VirtualHappyHour #NashvilleArtist #VisualArt #NashvilleMuseums #MuseumsAndGalleries
Join curators Katie Delmez of the Frist Art Museum, Jamaal Sheats of Fisk University Art Galleries, and Stephanie Weissberg of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a virtual happy hour conversation on the artist Terry Adkins. #VirtualHappyHour #NowPlayingNashville #NashvilleArt #VisualArt #OnlineEvents #Streaming #VirtualGallery
Frist Art Museum and Fisk University Art Galleries present Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar, concurrent presentations of sculptures, prints, installations, and video by the multidisciplinary and multimedia artist and musician, on view in the Frist’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from February 20, 2020 through January 10, 2021, and the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk from February 20, 2020 through September 12, 2020. Presented forty-five years after Adkins’s graduation from Fisk, the exhibition pays special attention to the influence that his time in Nashville had on the late internationally acclaimed artist. https://fristartmuseum.org/calendar/detail/terry-adkins
Today's Google Doodle features the mbira, the national instrument of Zimbabwe. Artist Terry Adkins was an avid collector of instruments from around the world, and his collection includes several mbira. A few are featured in the Pulitzer's current exhibition "Terry Adkins: Resounding." You can learn more about the mbira and try your hand at playing a few songs with Google's interactive Doodle—link below in comments. Don't forget to join us today at 5:30pm CT for Happy Hour Conversation: Terry Adkins & Music, co-hosted with Frist Art Museum and Fisk University Art Galleries, to learn more about Adkins' lifelong affinity for music. — Installation view of “Terry Adkins: Resounding” Lower East Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation All instruments Estate of Terry Adkins⠀ Photograph by Virginia Harold
Next Thursday, May 21 at 5:30pm CT, we will be co-hosting a virtual happy hour conversation on Terry Adkins with the Frist Art Museum and Fisk University Art Galleries. RSVP and register via the Facebook event: Happy Hour Conversation: Terry Adkins & Music — Installation view of “Terry Adkins: Resounding” Lower West Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York Photograph by Virginia Harold
Tonight on Transmission, J-Mar welcomes Jamaal Sheats & Katie Delmez. Sheats is the director and curator of Fisk University Art Galleries, and Delmez is the curator for the Frist Art Museum. They'll be in to discuss "Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar," a joint presentation of work by the multidisciplinary and multimedia artist and musician. An internationally renowned artist who died in 2014, Adkins was interested in the intersection of visual art, music, and African American history. This major exhibition – presented 45 years after his graduation from Fisk – pays special attention to the influence that his time in Nashville had on him. Tonight at 8pm. Live and on the archive at wxnafm.org.
"Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar" is now on view at the Frist Art Museum and Fisk University Art Galleries. Presented forty-five years after Adkins’s graduation from Fisk, the exhibition pays special attention to the influence that his time in Nashville had on the late internationally acclaimed artist. Artwork © Terry Adkins