African and African-American art to be showcased at Vanderbilt, March 26 exhibit features collecting workshop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Art by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Palmer Hayden, David Driskell, Greg Ridley, Charles White and others will be displayed during a one-day exhibition at Vanderbilt University.

"A Showcase of African and African-American Art" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 26, in Room 025 of Alumni Hall. Halima Taha, author of Collecting African American Art, will conduct a workshop on collecting at noon.

Both events are free and open to the public. Those interested in the workshop are asked to register by March 19 by calling 615-322-2524.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt, will be culled from local collections.

"Art lovers and collectors are in for a real treat, as some items will be available for purchase from the owners at secondary market prices," said Yollette Jones, acting director of the Black Cultural Center.

Works by James Van Der Zee, Gabriel Ajayi , George Hunt, Michael McBride and James Miles will also be on display.

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is named after the first African-American student admitted to Vanderbilt. The center sponsors events to examine diversity issues and build a sense of community for students at Vanderbilt.

Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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