Highlighting Black Artists

The United States is currently swept by demonstrations in protest of our country's long-standing institutional oppression and violent racism towards African Americans. The murder of George Floyd by white police officers triggered a call for justice for Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin and the hundreds more Black Americans killed by police every year. Weeks of protests have expanded into a national movement to expose and dismantle the systems of white supremacy, unlearn our ingrained racism, and to support Black communities around the country.

Through history, art has been a powerful tool for challenging entrenched racial biases, exposing injustice, and opening windows into the lives of oppressed and silenced people and communities. But the arts, like every other social system in America, is institutionally biased against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Below is a list of organizations and non-profits who work tirelessly to create opportunities for BIPOC and Queer artists in the U.S. Please consider supporting them through donations or sharing.

Finally, take some time to get to know a few of the Black artists that have told their stories through paint, print and sculpture. I recommend the 60-painting Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence, that tells the story of the more than a million Black Americans who fled the rural south after the start of WWI, and horrific violence they faced in leaving, on the journey, and on their arrival in the north.

Black Artists + Designers GuildDonate

A global platform representing independent Black artists, makers and designers, dedicated to creating dialogue and rewriting the misrepresented legacy of Black artists and designers.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency FundDonate

Support BIPOC artists and administrators, including consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal and temporary employees, etc. who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

African American Arts & Culture ComplexDonate

Empowering the San Francisco Bay Area through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education, and programming.

Black Artist Fund, by 10011Donate

A fund to raise money for distribution to Black artists and Black art collectives in the U.S.

Black Trans Femmes in the ArtsDonate

BTFA Collective is connecting the community of black trans women and non-binary femmes in the arts.

Harlem Arts AllianceDonate

A network of established and emerging visual and performing artists, businesses, and institutions that partners with major arts institutions in New York to increase its members’ visibility.

Black Art FuturesDonate

Philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture, through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art.

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Portrait of Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Projections of determination

1899-1979
Portrait of Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas

Tackling abstraction at 75

1891-1978
Portrait of Archibald Motley

Archibald Motley

1891-1981
Portrait of Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage

Sculptor, teacher and warrior for civil rights

1892-1962
Portrait of Barkley L. Hendricks

Barkley L. Hendricks

1945-2017
Portrait of Benny Andrews

Benny Andrews

1930-2006
Portrait of Bertina Lopes

Bertina Lopes

1924-2012
Portrait of Bill Traylor

Bill Traylor

1854-1949
Portrait of Charles Alston

Charles Alston

"The idea of a march was growing"

1907-1977
Portrait of Charles White

Charles White

Images of dignity

1918-1979
Portrait of Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett

1915-2012
Portrait of Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Modern Day Polymath

1912-2006
Portrait of Gwendolyn Knight

Gwendolyn Knight

“No one can tell us who we are”

1913-2005

Harriet Powers

A freed slave tells stories in quilts

1837-1910
Portrait of Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner

A quiet man transcends racism to bring art back to religion

1859-1937
Portrait of Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin

1888-1946
Portrait of Jack Whitten

Jack Whitten

1939-2018
Portrait of Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence

1917-2000
Portrait of James Van Der Zee

James Van Der Zee

Don't just document, celebrate

1886-1983
Portrait of Loïs Mailou Jones

Loïs Mailou Jones

The joy of African color and design

1905-1998
Portrait of Mary Edmonia Lewis

Mary Edmonia Lewis

African-American Chippewa woman takes over sculpture

1844-1907
Portrait of Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Delicate Sculptor of Horrors

1877-1968
Portrait of Norman Lewis

Norman Lewis

Making your own way to contribute to culture

1909-1979
Portrait of Palmer Hayden

Palmer Hayden

1890-1973
Portrait of Robert S. Duncanson

Robert S. Duncanson

1821-1872
Portrait of Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden

1911-1988
Portrait of Thornton Dial

Thornton Dial

1928-2016
Portrait of Uzo Egonu

Uzo Egonu

1931-1996
Portrait of William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson

Painting my people

1901-1970
More Themes in Art

Still Lifes

Quiet moments with simple objects

Ancient Classics

A good story never gets old

Beauty

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