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Lou Stovall in the printmaking studio he established adjacent to his Cleveland Park home (1974). | Courtesy Lou Stovall Workshop

Awards & Honors

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


Steve Locke, 2021. | Photo by Ross Collab


Alexander Gray Associates announced its representation of Steve Locke. The gallery is presenting the artist’s work in Germantown, N.Y., over the summer and hosting a solo exhibition devoted 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, N.Y. | More



M’kina Tapscott (left) is joining Artworks Trenton as executive director. She officially starts at the central New Jersey visual arts center on Jan. 18. | More

Artist Asante Salaam is the inaugural director of The Helis Foundation John Scott Center at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Honoring John T. Scott, artist, activist, educator, and MacArthur Fellow, the center is expected to open in spring 2022 in New Orleans. | More

Gifts & Grants

Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., received a $12 million gift from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to support the forthcoming Center for Innovation & the Arts. The state-of-the-art center will serve innovators, collaborators, artists, musicians, and scientists, uniting several departments previously spread across the HBCU’s campus. | More

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., 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, Fla., and the Fannie Lou Hamer Civil Rights Museum in Belzoni, Miss. | Associated Press


More News

Artist Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) is being celebrated by the U.S. Postal Service. The first African American and Native American sculptor to come to prominence is featured on the 45th stamp in the Black Heritage series. Based on a photograph by Augustus Marshall (circa 1864-71), the image is a painting by Alex Bostic, an associate professor of art and illustration at Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. The Forever stamp will be issued on Jan. 26 and dedicated on the same day in a ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. | More

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


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