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Ellington-White Contemporary and the Arts Council of Fayetteville presents...
Past, Present and Future

The Fayetteville State Fine Art Collection


January 28 - March 5, 2022

The Arts Center, 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC

Free & Open For Public Viewing

In celebration of art inspired by Black History and its contributions to American artforms, CONSERVING LEGACIES: Past, Present and Future is an awe-inspiring art exhibition depicting the history and creative culture of the Black experience in America.


Featuring over eighty selected works of historical and contemporary visual artists from The Fayetteville State University Fine Art Collection, the exhibit explores the fabric of Black culture through imagery that is connected to love, jubilee, tragedy, truth, and challenges faced by people of color.

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Dwight Smith

Adinkra Metaphor #1, 2017
Pastels from John Biggers, 2017

Earlie Hudnall

Girl with Flag, 1991

Eileen Montero

Hat in the Wind, 2012

Elizabeth Catlett

Black Maternity, 1959
Roots, 1981

Evangeline Montgomery

Yellow Echos, 2017


Gilda Snowden

Chair Motif, 2017


Gregory Johnson

Untitled (title unknown), 2017
John Biggers Jubilee, 1998


Harvey Johnson

Walk Around Heaven, 2000

Henry Heading

Artscape II, 2017


Henry Tolliver

Untitled Woman


Hugh Grannum

Jerome Street/Brooklyn, 1950’s


James Van Der Zee

Couple in Racoon Coats, 1932


Jasmine Murrell

Figural Reflections, 2012

Jeanne Poulet

Women in the Mist, 2012


Jide Aje

Ancestral Motifs, 2012

Jocelyn Rainey

Untitled Abstract, 2012


John Biggers

Broken Stone, 1966
Rosa Simms, 1972
Sleeping Girl
Unfinished Painting/Untitled Study
Hazel, 2000
Family Arc, 1992
Metamorphosis III, 1992, lithograph, 35 x 25
Holy Family, 1983
Women Walking to Market, 1957
Jubilee, 1998

John Biggers|Harvey Johnson

Nubia, 2000

Juanita Anderson

Testament Dakar


Kwesi Asante

Tropical Watercolor, 2012

Lois Mailou Jones

Haiti 54, 1954

Lonnell Hurst

Whispering Among the Trees, 2012

Marvalisa Coley

Floral Motif, 2012


Nefertiti Goodman

Getting Fixed to Look Pretty, 1978


Oggi Ogburn

The Mentor, 2012


Oni Akilah

Steps —Senegal, 2012


Paul Goodnight

Two Girls Looking
Untitled (three females)

Raymond Wells

Night Reflections, 2017


Renee Stout

Man Possessed, 2017


Robbie Best

Untitled, 2012


Saffell Gardner

Untitled African Motif, 2012


Samella Lewis

Portrait of a Woman, 2017


Senghor Reid

Deep Crimson, 2010
Hands Over the City, 2011
The Ruling Class, 2017


Shirley Woodson

Family Album, 2017


Sonya Clark

The Important Thing, 2006


Tanya Murphy Dodd



Valerie Fair

Katrina, 2017


Walter Williams

Butterfly’s, 1962
Margarite, A/P, 1961
Harvest, A/P, 1963


William Tolliver

Pickin’ Cotton
Learning to Play
Pas De Deux


Willis Bing Davis

Voices From the Ancestors, 2015
Ancestral Spirit Dance #580, 2017


Adger Cowans

Gordon Parks

Albert Chong

Between Realities

Anita Bates

Untitled Abstract, 2012

Anthony Barboza

Dream Weaver, 2001

Ben Jones

Praise Series, 2017

Bill Sanders

Brain Noise

Fortitude, 2017

Brenda Stroud

Self Portrait, 2012

Carole Morisseau

Port-au-Prince, 2012

Charles White

Joven, 1946

Christopher Batten

Portrait of a Male Figure, 2012


Clarissa Sligh

Progress, 2017


Damien Mathis

Augusta Savage, 2020

Danny Simmons

Cluster, 2017

David C. Driskell

Malcolm X, 2017


Deborah Willis

Eatonville Sign, 2009
Carrie and the Mirror in Eatonville, 2009
Prepping for Saturday Night, 2009
Stylist With his Red Car, Eatonville, 2009
Self Portrait in a Salon

Intellectual and cultural validation is a powerful enlightenment tool resulting in a much broader scope of critical thinking and analyzing works of art.

Acknowledging how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a vital role in recognizing, collecting, and preserving the works of Black artists and other artists of color, these institutions are credited for continuing the historical narrative highlighting the value and importance that HBCU collections have towards expanding Black American art across many generations. Over 17 HBCUs across the U.S. have museums, historical sites, or art galleries on their campuses that hold some of the world’s most fascinating pieces of art, tell the story of important African American educators and leaders, and secure the rich historical testimonies of African American art and culture.

Visit The Arts Center TODAY To View The Full Works.

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