We inspire the appreciation of African-American Fine Art. We honor the heart and soul of Fine Artists and make their work discoverable by anyone who loves art.
Black History Month
Elizabeth Catlett (1915 - 2012) is still one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Known primarily as a printmaker and sculptor, Catlett is acclaimed both for her technical brilliance and the emotional impact of her work. Proud of her African American heritage, Catlett produced compassionate, heroic images of ordinary people. Her works, which express the themes of injustice, black women as figures of strength, and the mother and child bond, reflect her shared pride, grief, joy and outrage of the human condition. For Catlett, “Art should come from and be for the people.”
Please join us for this amazing exhibition for Black History Month: "Elizabeth Catlett and the Black Woman's Contribution to American Democracy" works on paper curated by Hampton Art Lovers and the Hampton University Museum. For guided tours, student groups and our Feb Fridays after work events, please register to attend, click on the link :https://bit.ly/2MWIJGh
Elizabeth Catlett Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Christopher Norwood, Darryl L. Neverson and Imani Greene for Hampton Art Lovers
Photos by Dennis Manuel
Ernie Barnes Art Fair
Curated by Luz Rodriguez, Christopher Norwood, Darryl L. Neverson and Imani Greene for Hampton Art Lovers.
Photos by Dennis Manuel
The Vision to Action Project
During the 2018 Miami Art Fairs Artist Musa Hixson set up the Vision Booth at the Historic Lyric Theater. Their he implemented the Vision to Action Project. This project was developed to help people see themselves as designers of their communities. The project also encourages community members with vision to take action, by use of visual art. These new designs can be especially helpful to people with goals to support the environment or improve local infrastructure. At the completion of the project participants were provided with drawings that can help solidify their vision and possibly secure resources to develop their new community designs.
In this particular session Illustrators Che Baraka (of New York) and Bo Sebastian (of Florida) produced drawings that reflect the each participant’s desire for infrastructural and environmental improvement in their communities. These drawing were done in conversation (in real time) and turned over to that person.
We completed this project in conjunction with Hampton Art Lovers and Urgent Inc.
Elizabeth Catlett Exhibition
Hampton Art Lovers Presents: "Elizabeth Catlett and the Hampton Arts Tradition" Art Exhibition Powered by Hampton University Museum and the International Review of African American Art
Location: Ward Rooming House 249 NW 9th Street Miami, FL 33136
Admission: FREE (Art Exhibition)
Hampton Art Lovers will highlight and exhibit Hampton University Museum's extensive Elizabeth Catlett collection of works on paper. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, known primarily as a printmaker and sculptor, Catlett is acclaimed both for her technical brilliance and the emotional impact of her work. Proud of her African American heritage Catlett made compassionate, heroic images of ordinary people. Catlett's work, expresses the themes of injustice, black women as figures of strength, and the mother and child bond. Her work also reflects her shared pride, grief, joy and outrage of the human condition for both African Americans and Mexicans. “The works represented in this exhibition show the importance of Catelett as a major contemporary international artist. In addition to her ability to show the humanistic side of her subjects, Cateltt's ability to capture the essence of her subject is demonstrated through her technical brilliancy.” - Dr. Thaxton-Ward, Director of the Hampton University Museum and Editor of the International Review for African American Art
Exhibition Hours: Dec 5 – 8, Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m. Dec 8, Open until 12am. Dec 9, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dec 10, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hampton Art Lovers Presents: "Ernie Barnes: Eyes Closed" Art Fair
Art Fair celebrating Ernie Barnes 80th Anniversary Celebration
featuring canvas and works on paper
Location: Overtown Performing Arts Center 1074 NW 3rd Avenue Miami, FL 33136
Ernie Barnes 80th Anniversary Celebration comes to Overtown, with this unique opportunity to purchase Ernie Barnes original paintings and works on paper. Barnes is best known for his unique style of elongation, energy, and movement. In his prolific body of work, Barnes chronicled his personal experiences with football, music, dance, love, sports, education, church, and the South. Widely-known as the real painter of the artwork in the groundbreaking African-American sitcom Good Times, Barnes' style has been widely imitated. It is best exemplified by his iconic Sugar Shack dance scene that appeared on a Marvin Gaye album cover and in the closing credits of Good Times. After five seasons as a professional football player, he retired at age 27 to pursue art. A consistent and distinct feature in Barnes' work is the closed eyes of his subjects. "I began to see, observe, how blind we are to one another's humanity. Blinded by a lot of things that have, perhaps, initiated feelings in that light. We don't see into the depths of our interconnection. The gifts, the strength and potential within other human beings. We stop at color quite often. So one of the things we have to be aware of is who we are in order to have the capacity to like others. But when you cannot visualize the offerings of another human being you're obviously not looking at the human being with open eyes....We look upon each other and decide immediately: This person is black, so he must be... This person lives in poverty, so he must be...”
Exhibition Hours: Dec 6 – 9, Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Hampton Art Lovers launched in December of 2017 at Miami Art Basel, equipped with this imagery. Backed by The Banjo Lesson painted by Henry Ossawa Tanner in 1893 and acquired by Hampton University in 1894. This dignified and sympathetic portrayal is the cornerstone of African American artists and the cornerstone to the vast collection of the Hampton University Museum.