Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.
William R. Harvey, Ed.D.
I owe a huge thank you to the contributors of this issue “Collaborations.” The nature of editing this issue shows how collaborative ventures work. I literally picked up the telephone or sent an email to our friends who are fellow artists, art historians, and even a librarian, to give of their time to support the continued efforts of The International Review of African American Art. Many of the articles highlight the National Conference of Artists, Inc. (NCA) which was founded in 1959.
In this issue, we showcase Dayton, OH artist Willis “Bing” Davis. Deanna Brooks shares Bing Davis’s work as an artist, an activist and arts advocate throughout the years. Davis has also been an engaged member of the NCA. Shirley Reid Woodson, an artist and arts advocate based in Detroit, MI has also been an active member of the NCA, Michigan Chapter. She shares the continued work of Detroit’s awesome artists, and how they work collectively and individually. The HBCU Alliance of African American Artists is a collective made up of artists and professors that work in HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). This group of artists are fierce, working in the classrooms by day and creating their art in between.
Jerry Langley, a longtime friend of the IRAAA writes a timely review of the exhibition, Rhythmic Impulse, curated and hosted by the University of Maryland University College Arts Program that showcased the work of Hayward L. Oubre and Dr. Floyd Coleman. Shirley Woodson also gives us the tour of Detroit’s tributes to the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin (1948–2018). Visual artists created powerful works in the wake of the loss of this music icon.
We also pay tribute to our dear friend Derrick Beard (1958–2018). Derrick was a friend to many and assisted a multitude of museums and individuals to collect works by African American artisans and artists. Beard’s friends, Rebecca Hankins and Paula Allen write a personal reflection on Beard’s life. We would also like to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Floyd W. Coleman (1939–2019), art historian, teacher, artist and founder of Howard University’s Porter Colloquium and Michael B. Platt (1948–2019), artist, musician, chef and friend. These three men were and still are so important to the art world. They will be sorely missed but their contributions will not be forgotten.
—Excerpt from “Letter from the Editor” by Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.
Feature Articles and Contributors:
“Letter from the Editor”, Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.
“The Beloved Community: Willis Bing Davis, ‘The Preacher, The Poet, The Vision 2018: Visual Voices Art Exhibit’”, Deanna Brooks
“A Vision from Within: The National Alliance of Black Artists from HBCUs”, Lee A. Ransaw, Ed.D.
“NCA Collective in Detroit”, Shirley Woodson
“Derrick Joshua ‘Tariq’ Beard: Renaissance Man”,
Rebecca Hankins & Paula Allen
News & Reviews
“Tributes to the Queen of Soul”, Shirley Woodson
“Continuing to Rise: The Art of Hayward L. Oubre”, Jerry L. Langley
Title: The International Review of African American Art
Publisher: The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia
Publication Date: 2019
Binding: Pictorial Softcover
Book Condition: Excellent
Book Type: Quarterly Magazine
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