The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 28 No. 1 (2018)


Pathways to Education, 1868–2018
Published in 2018, this 64–page volume of the Hampton University Museum’s The International Review of African American Art is dedicated to Hampton University’s 150th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of Hampton University’s 12th president and First Lady, Dr. William R. and Norma B. Harvey. Included in this issue are many color and black & white photographs of artists’ works, with very insightful commentaries by highly respected art reviewers.

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Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

Executive Publisher
William R. Harvey, Ed.D.

As we celebrate 150 years as an educational institution and as a museum, we chose to create an extension of previous issues that celebrate the rich collections and the journey of the Hampton University Museum.  Previously, we published Volume 20, No. 1, Hampton’s Collections and Connections, which provided an overview of some of our collections. The more recent Volume 27, No. 2 commemorated the museum’s move to the Huntington Building where we have been housed for the past 20 years. This celebratory issue will expound upon the vision of both General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, the founder, and Dr. William R. Harvey, the longest tenured president, to have an excellent multi–cultural collection that reflects not only the heritage of our students, but served and continues to serve as a teaching resource—Pathways to Education.

Included in this issue is a reprint of the catalog on The Countee Cullen Collection, which was the first major purchase by the University of a collection of African American art during the Harvey Administration. Hampton’s Collections and Connections: Part I was a landmark temporary exhibition that chronologically showcased the permanent collection.

The History of Hampton’s Art Traditions is an excerpt from Five Decades: John Biggers and the Hampton Art Tradition. This article is a recognition of Hampton’s outstanding artistic heritage, beginning with the establishment of an art department in the early 1940s that resulted in the mounting of a number of exhibitions by artists who studied at Hampton, as well as a retrospective of student–teacher Joseph Gilliard. As a result of the exhibition, the museum’s acquisition funds were directed at purchasing significant works created in the Hampton tradition, including the acquisition of more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures acquired from John Biggers through a combination of gift and purchase.

Samuel Chapman Armstrong’s vision has grown through the years as witnessed by 22 family members that visited the campus during the 150th anniversary opening of the exhibition Pathway’s to Education: The Curiosity Room: A History of the University Museum and Legacy, Legend. Visitors’ comments after viewing the contemporary exhibition celebrating the history of the museum and the University indicate that they are awestruck. Moreover, when they view the permanent exhibition Soul and Spirit: Two Hundred Years of African American Fine Art they are inspired, and enthusiastically reflect what we today try to give our patrons. All that we share in this issue is the culmination of these efforts of collecting, documenting and preserving the objects and works of art we began with, and a true testament to the unwavering support of Dr. William R. Harvey during his 40 years and beyond.

—Excerpt from “Pathways to Education: History, Legacy, Legend 1868–2018” by Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

Feature Articles and Contributors:

“Pathways to Education: History, Legacy, Legend 1868–2018”,
Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

“Curiosity Room: The Hampton University Museum Celebrates 150 Years”,
Mary Lou Hultgren

“Preserving and Presenting American Indian Art at Hampton”,
Mary Lou Hultgren

The Countee Cullen Art Collection from the Hampton University Museum”, Jeanne Zeidler

“Hampton’s Collections and Connections Part 1—Returning Home to Hampton”, Laurel Duplessis

“Artists in Residence: Fostering Creativity at Hampton University Museum”

“A History of the Hampton Art Tradition at the Hampton University Museum”

News & Reviews

“Congo Love Song”

“Harvey B. Gantt Center”

“Charting the Terrain: Eric Mack and Pamela Smith Hudson”

Bibliographic Details

Title:                                      The International Review of African American Art

Publisher:                            The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia

Publication Date:              2018

Binding:                                Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:                Excellent

Book Type:                          Quarterly Magazine

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