EXHIBITS

AAM EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

2022

Ongoing Exhibits

FACING THE RISING SUN: FREEDMAN’S CEMETERY: PERMANENT EXHIBITION

Ongoing

Facing The Rising Sun presents the remnants of a once-thriving North Dallas Community.  Facing the Rising Sun contains photographs, found objects, and historical documents that provide an insight into a community called Freedman’s Town and later known as short North Dallas and now known as Uptown.  Interactive video kiosks allow visitors to see and hear from the people who knew Freedman’s Town first-hand.

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK: SELECTIONS FROM THE BILLY R. ALLEN FOLK ART COLLECTION AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS COLLECTION

Ongoing

The AAM, Dallas has one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the country.  The Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, named for a founding board member, has grown to include more than 500 objects.  Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sally Griffiths and Dr. Bobby Alexander of Dallas, Texas have been major contributors.  Pieces from the collection are rotated, twice each year, in the Sam and Ruth Bussey Gallery.  Artists include Clementine Hunter, Mose Tolliver, Reverend Johnnie Swearingen, David Butler, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Isaac Smith to name a few.

The Decorative Arts Collection consists of objects as early as the late 18th century.  Some items are an 1824 coverlet; five pieces crafted between 1840-1850 by the legendary North Carolina furniture maker, Thomas Day (1820-1860); an 1888 crazy quilt; an 1830 slave made desk from San Augustine, Texas; and ceramics by Carroll Harris Simms, Co-founder of the Texas Southern University Art Department and Sandy Besser African Basket Collection.  Also included is a silver teaspoon made by Peter Bentzon (1783-1850).

Current Exhibits

FIRE!:THE RESURRECTION OF MR. IMAGINATION
August 2, 2022 – January 7, 2023

The African American Museum presents Fire! The Resurrection of Mr. Imagination featuring approximately 80 works by the late artist known as Mr. Imagination (born Gregory Warmack, 1948-2012). The exhibition sheds light on Mr. Imagination‘s extraordinary career and his triumph over destruction and tragedy—specifically several collective fires that resulted in the loss of his studio, pets, some of his artwork, memorabilia and art collection, yet allowed him to expand his own imaginary worldview. The exhibition is a tribute to his creative spirit as well as an investigation of his artistic journey.

FIRE! The Resurrection of Mr. Imagination is the result of conversations and collaborations between curator Ramona Austin and Mr. Imagination. The exhibition originally opened in 2014 at Old Dominion University’s Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries in Norfolk, Virginia.

Charles Humes, Jr.
Just Another Day Waiting to Inhale, 1999
Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48”

Best in Show
Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition
Selections - July 2022 – December 2022

In 1976, the African American Museum, Dallas initiated the Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition. The purpose of the juried competition and exhibition stemmed from the Museum’s need to build a distinguished art collection and to provide Black artists in the region a venue to showcase their work. 

Over the years, the Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition attracted the attention of artists beyond its geographical boundaries. In 1999, the biennial competition was renamed the Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition in honor of Mr. Simms’ outstanding contributions to art and art education. 

Carroll Harris Simms was the chairman of the Art Department at Texas Southern University. In 1950, Simms joined the faculty of Texas Southern University (formerly Texas State University for Negroes) and became the co-founder of the Art Department.  He served as Professor of Art until 1987. Professor Simms developed a unique program of ceramics and sculpture at the University.

Best in Show is a selection of previous awardees from the Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition. Spanning from 1976 – 2021, Best in Show consists of 24 works by artists including Sedrick Huckaby (TX), Charles Humes, Jr. (FL), Jeremy Biggers (TX), Billy Colbert (VA), Asia Youngs-Bailey (TX), and Reginald Gammon (NM). Reflecting Black American conditions and traditions, the exhibition features themes addressing politics, family values, identity, and religion. The paintings, drawings, and mixed media works represented are a part of the permanent collections at the African American Museum, Dallas. 

The upcoming competition and exhibition is scheduled for December 2022. Artists interested in submitting work should follow the forthcoming QR code or visit www.aamdallas.org.

The 27th Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition
December 17 - March 17, 2023

0The African American Museum in historic Fair Park, Dallas, TX, invites artists to enter the juried Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition.

The juried competition awards $1000.00 to one artist in each of the following categories: painting, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, printmaking and photography. One work is chosen from the category winners as the Best in Show. This artist wins the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the Museum in the two years following the competition. The Best in Show artist agrees to donate a piece of their work from the show to the museum’s permanent collection.

The December – March exhibition will be a group show of selected artists from the national call.

Previous winners include: Sedrick Huckaby (TX), Jeremy Biggers (TX), Asia Youngs-Bailey (TX), Charley Palmer (AL), Leamon Green (TX), Florence Staats (NJ), and Lee Ransaw (AR).

To submit materials: Callforentry.org (Carroll Harris Simms)
For questions: CHS-info@aamdallas.org

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