Black art breaking news: Georgia Museum honors Lou Stovall, Edmonia Lewis gets postage stamp, Steve Locke is now replaced by Alexander Gray and more

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Lou Stovall in the printmaking studio he established next to his Cleveland Park home (1974). | Courtesy of Atelier Lou Stovall

Awards and Honors

Artist and master printer Lou Stovall receives the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Prize from the Georgia Museum of Art. The annual award recognizes “a living African-American artist who has a strong connection to Georgia and who has made significant but often lesser-known contributions to the state’s visual arts tradition.” Born in Athens, Ga., Stovall grew up in Springfield, Mass. After earning a BFA from Howard University, he spent his six-decade career in Washington, D.C. In 1968, he established Workshop, Inc., where his collaborators included Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Gene Davis, and Elizabeth Catlett . He will receive the award at the museum in April. The accompanying exhibition “Lou Stovall: Of Land and Origins” opens February 19. | Following

Steve Locke, 2021. | Photo by Ross Collab


Alexander Gray Associates has announced its representation of Steve Locke. The gallery presents the artist’s work in Germantown, NY, during the summer and organizes a solo exhibition dedicated to his work in New York in the fall. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Locke grew up in Detroit and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY | Following


M’kina Tapscott (left) joins Artworks Trenton as Executive Director. It officially begins at the New Jersey Visual Arts Center on January 18. | Following

Artist Asante salam is the first director of the Helis Foundation John Scott Center at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. To honour John T. Scott, artist, activist, educator and MacArthur Scholar, the center is slated to open in the spring of 2022 in New Orleans. | Following

Gifts and grants

Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, received a $12 million gift from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to support the future Center for Innovation and the Arts. The state-of-the-art center will serve innovators, collaborators, artists, musicians and scientists, bringing together several departments previously spread across the HBCU campus. | Following

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, awarded grants of $50,000 each to five black history sites in southern states, including the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Eatonville, Florida, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Civil Rights Museum in Belzoni, Mississippi | Associated press

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Artist Edmonia Lewis is celebrated by the US Postal Service. The first prominent African-American and Native American sculptor is featured on the 45th stamp in the Black Heritage series. The Forever stamp will be issued on January 26 and dedicated the same day in a ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC | Following

The Henry O. Tanner House in Philadelphia, a National Historic Landmark where the artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) lived from 1872 to 1888, may be demolished. | Philadelphia Inquirer via Bakersfield Californian

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