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Winfred Rembert won a Pulitzer Prize for “Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South,” as told to Erin I. Kelly. | Photo by Renan Ozturk


Awards & Honors

On May 9, Winfred Rembert (1945-2021) won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in the Biography category for “Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South.” New Haven, Conn.-based Rembert worked with writer Erin I. Kelly to publish his breathtaking, traumatic, and compelling life story. The book is illustrated with Rembert’s art, vivid scenes painted and carved on leather that reflect his memories of growing up in segregated, rural Cuthbert, Ga. | More

The 2022–23 Rome Prize Winners include Tony Cokes, Todd Gray, and Bradford M. Young (Visual Arts); Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers (Architecture); Jasmine Hearn and Athena Kokoronis (Design); and Monica Rhodes (Historic Preservation and Conservation). | More

In New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center announced 23 artists participating in its 2022 Artists-in-Residence Program, including Yanira Collado, Jose Cotto, L. Kasimu Harris, Sedrick Huckaby, Lisa Jarrett, Yashua Klos, and Antoine Williams. | More

In Waterville, Me., the Colby College Museum of Art’s Lunder Institute of American Art announced its Summer 2022 Residential Fellows, including artists Unyimeabasi Udoh and Bryana Bibbs. | More

On Oct. 8, the first in-person Hammer Museum gala since 2019 will celebrate artist Charles Gaines with fellow Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford paying tribute to Gaines. | Los Angeles Times


BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS, “Self-Portrait with a Black Hat,” 1989-2013 (digital c-print). | © Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., announced four acquisitions, including by a self-portrait by Barkley L. Hendricks. The photograph is showcased in the museum’s current exhibition “My Mechanical Sketchbook: Barkley L. Hendricks & Photography,” through July 24. | More

“Crocodylus” (2020), a bronze sculpture by Wangechi Mutu on view during Prospect 5 (November 2021-January 2022), was acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art where it will be installed in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. | More


WANGECHI MUTU, “Crocodylus,” 2020 (bronze). | © Wangechi Mutu, Gift of Sydney and Walda Besthoff, 2021


Dorothy Berry, digital collections program manager at Harvard University’s Houghton Library is joining the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as digital curator. NMAAHC confirmed the appointment to Culture Type. | More

Sabrina Pritchett is joining the Dayton Art Institute as external affairs director. She comes to the Ohio museum from Central State University, where she spent six years as associate director of university public relations and marketing. | ArtDaily

Gregory E. Deavens, president and CEO of Independence Health Group, was elected to the board of trustees of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pa. | More


KADIR NELSON, “Hang Time,” May 9, 2022, The New Yorker


“Hang Time” by Kadir Nelson covers the May 9, issue of The New Yorker. The Los Angeles-based artist said he played on Pratt Institute’s basketball team while he was a student there. | More

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A portrait of Alexander Twilight painted by Kate Runde was installed in the Vermont state house. A member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1836-37, Twilight is the first African American to serve in a state legislature in the United States and the first African American known to receive a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university (Middlebury College, 1823). | Montpelier Bridge


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