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Bisa Butler

Artist, Howard University Alumna (B.F.A. 95)

In Quilting for the Culture, film by Sok.Vision, Instagram, filmmakers Erin '10 and Steve Sok, Bisa Butler--whose solo exhibition opens at the Art Institute of Chicago in November--discusses her Howard education and the AfriCOBRA tradition.

I was an art major at Howard University, and Howard University had a strong influence on my outlook on art. It informed me, because it was a really strong tradition. It was one thing to teach your students how to construct a painting, how to compose an interesting composition, but how do you define an African American culture . . . "

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“IN GREAT COMPANY”: Professor David C. Driskell (1931-2020)

A tribute by Mr. Scott W. Baker (B.F.A. 72, M.A. 75), Assistant Director of the Howard University Gallery of Art

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31st James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora

May 06, 2020

On behalf of the Department of Art at Howard University, it is our pleasure to announce that the 31st James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora will convene in spring 2021. The 31st Annual James A. Porter Colloquium will explore the theme “Defining Diaspora: 21st Century Developments in Art of the African Diaspora.” Sessions will investigate how visual artists and art scholars are defining the aesthetic contours and possibilities of the African Diaspora in American art space. Colloquium honorees, keynote speakers and event details will be released summer 2020.

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