AAM EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
FACING THE RISING SUN: FREEDMAN’S CEMETERY: PERMANENT EXHIBITION
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 Facing the Rising Sun contains photographs, found objects, and historical documents that provide an insight into a community called Freedman’s Town and later known as short North Dallas and now known as Uptown.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
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).
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.