The Diggs Gallery of Winston-Salem State University is pleased to present “CHI MODU| UNCATEGORIZED” and “UKNOWHOWWEDU.”
“CHI MODU| UNCATEGORIZED” is a photographic exhibition showcasing some of the most groundbreaking and memorable images in hip-hop history. These candid and unexpected photographs provide an intimate glimpse into the journey and process of hip-hop legends. Chi Modu states, “When I first started photographing these guys, that are today now icons, my focus coming up was to make sure that someone from the hip-hop community was the one responsible for documenting hip-hop artists…”
“UKNOWHOWWEDU” is an exhibition featuring 4 women of color who are using their voices to focus on the power of identity, the imprint and ownership of black culture, and the desire to resist the “loss of self-definition.” The artists include Iona Rozeal Brown, LaKela Brown, Georgie Nakima, and Stephanie J. Woods.
Both exhibitions are on view from July 5, 2019 – November 22, 2019.
Opening Reception – Thursday, October 24th from 5pm – 7pm.
*ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Most Recent Exhibition
"Race, Love, and Labor, an exhibition of work by the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s (CPW) Artist-in-Residence" and "TRUTH BE TOLD: FOR FREEDOMS 50 STATE INITIATIVE" opening August 30, 2018.
The Diggs Gallery of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is pleased to present "Truth Be Told: For Freedoms 50 States Initiative" curated by Diggs Gallery Director Endia Beal. The exhibition will be on display at the Diggs Gallery of Winston-Salem State University from August 30, 2018 through November 30, 2018. The public reception will be held on Thursday, August 30th at 5:30pm.
The Diggs Gallery partnered with artist and activist Hank Willis Thomas and the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative to join a network of artists and institutions who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions, and local community dialogues. These conversations will inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. The national initiative reflects how art institutions become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.
The featured artists in this exhibition include Juan Logan, William Paul Thomas, Lien Truong, and Charles Edward Williams. These North Carolina based artists are redefining our history and revealing our untold truth by tackling the social nuances that effect our everyday lives. From a visual representation of power and hierarchical structures to the exploration of contemporary identity, the exhibition forces the viewer to reflect on our national history while viewing the unseen and unheard voices of our past, present, and future.
The Diggs Gallery of Winston-Salem State University is also pleased to present, Race, Love, and Labor, an exhibition of work by the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s (CPW) Artist-in-Residence. Organized by Sarah Lewis, the traveling exhibition will be on display at the Diggs Gallery from August 30 through November 30, 2018. The public reception will be held on Thursday, August 30th, from 5:30pm
The artists featured in this exhibition are Endia Beal, William Cordova, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tommy Kha, Kathya Landeros, Deana Lawson, Alma Leiva, Gina Osterloh, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Xaviera Simmons, and Joanna Tam.
- April 9, 2014 - May 2, 2014 WSSU Senior Thesis Art Exhibition
- October 16, 2009 - March 6, 2010 Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright
This year Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) celebrates its 125th year anniversary. To commemorate more than one hundred years of visual art at WSSU and the legacy of preserving African-American history and culture, we will honor the artists of the past.
- John Biggers
- Francis Brown
- Beverly Buchanan
- Selma Burke
- Elizabeth Catlett
- James T. Diggs
- Melvin Edwards
- Richard Hunt
- Glenda Wharton
- Hayward Oubre Jr.
- Romare Bearden
- Roland Watts
Phantasmagoria is defined as “a sequence of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream.” The word evokes a sense of wonder and intrigue, while connecting fantasy with reality. This exhibition merges the visions of young artists from two different universities in Winston-Salem. For the first time, the graduating seniors of Winston-Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are exhibiting in the same space. Together, they will present one world between their worlds.
- Chelsea Bednar
- Malik Black
- Donovan Hutchins
- Andrew Licout
- Gregg Penn
- Elizabet Puksto
- Terisha Richardson
- Alexa Ross
- Sean Whitley
March 31, 2008 - May 10, 2008
A three part exhibition featuring diverse works by WSSU faculty and students in the Department of Fine Arts as well as works by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school seniors comprised the gallery's Annual Spring Exhibition. The show included paintings, photography, computer graphics, wearable art, ceramic sculpture, book carvings, installations and a variety of other media by a group of very talented artists.
The WSSU Faculty Exhibition featured works by Scott Betz, Sharif Bey, Albert Dean, Alison Fleming, Valerie Giddings, Katherine Houle, Justine Linville, Leo Morrissey, Thomas Tucker, Fatimah Tuggar and Virginia Williamson. The show highlighted faculty talks which gave the community an opportunity to hear the artists' perspectives regarding the approach to their works. The talks were held on April 14 and April 16 from 5-7 p.m. with a special performance by the POPS ORCH each night. The WSSU Senior Thesis Show opened April 20 and a reception was held Saturday, April 26 to allow the community to meet the artists. The exhibition included works by: Marcus Benfield, Greg Colleton, Justin Gunn, Angela Harbison, Michael Moore, Joshua Sherrill, Zachery Sutton, Tonya Temple, Ricardo Thomas, Celia Joy Williams, and Sam Wright, Jr.
April 14 - May 10
The Spring Exhibition also featured works by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school seniors and represented a collaborative partnership to provide young artists with a venue to share their works with the community. A reception was held Thursday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m. to give the community an opportunity to meet the faculty and artists. Schools represented include Atkins High School, Career Center High School, Carver High School, East Forsyth High School, Glenn High School, Mount Tabor High School, North Forsyth High School, Paisley IB Magnet High School, Reagan High School, Reynolds High School, West Forsyth High School, and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy.
January 12, 2008 - March 22, 2008
The last three or four decades of the 20th century witnessed an explosion of interest in the work of inspired and gifted artists operating outside the framework of the institutional, academic art world. These largely self-taught individuals have often been characterized as contemporary folk or "outsider" artists. Many of them are from the American South, and a disproportionately large number of those southern-dwelling self-taught artists are African Americans. Their art has been the focus of several important exhibitions over the last thirty years, but this was the first major survey show of work by self-taught black artists in North Carolina.
- David Anderson
- Donald Austin
- Ron Battle
- Donald Boone
- William Boyd
- Herman Bridgers
- Vernon Burwell
- Wanda Clark
- Alan Cooper
- Matt Cooper
- Henry Davis, Jr.
- Minnie Evans
- Glen Johnson
- Arbon Lane
- Vestor Lowe
- Robert Lynch
- Sam McMillan
- Kessiah Meroney
- Clifford Morrison
- William Owens
- Leroy Person
- Bobby Roebuck
- Charles Simmons
- Magdalene Tabron
- Hubert Walters
- Arliss Watford
- Jeff Williams
- Clarence Antonio Wise
- Gilbert Young
May 26, 2007 - December 8, 2007
Exhibition organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Documented more than fifty years of modern and contemporary painting in and near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city and a vibrant art center. The exhibition also offered an in-depth examination of the influence of the School of Fine Arts and Design on twentieth-century art in Ethiopia. The school, founded in 1957/58 under the patronage of Emperor Haile Selassie, is one of Africa's premier art academies. It has shaped and influenced three generations of Ethiopian artists and its history has also been shaped by the country's changing political climate.
The first generation of artists included in the exhibition benefited from the patronage of Emperor Haile Selassie. He supported the education of artists in foreign academies but also played a significant role in the establishment of the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School in 1957/58, where many of the same artists eventually were employed as faculty. A few of these teachers left Ethiopia in the early years of the Derg (1974-1991), the repressive Marxist regime of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, as did some of their students. Other members of the second generation of contemporary artists in Addis Ababa studied in Eastern Bloc countries and returned to Ethiopia to teach or pursue their careers during the Derg years. The youngest artists in the exhibition, the third generation shaped by the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School, studied and launched their careers during the 16 years of relative freedom and creative energy since the overthrow of Mengistu's government in 1991. They are central players in the vibrant and expanding art scene that characterizes Addis Ababa in the first decade of the 21st century.
- Agegnehu Engida
- Afewerk Tekle
- Ale Felege Selam Heruy
- Skunder Boghossian
- Gebre Kristos Desta
- Desta Hagos
- Lulseged Retta
- Yohannes Gedamu
- Zerihun Yetmgeta
- Tibebe Terffa
- Abdurahman Sherif
- Eshetu Tirenuh
- Tadesse Mesfin
- Bisrat Shibabaw
- Geta Mekonnen
- Bekele Mekonnen
- Mezgebu Tessema
- Behailu Bezabih
- Addisu Worku
- Elizabeth Habte Wold
- Elias Sime
- Tamrat Gezahegne
- Tesfahun Kibru
May 30, 2006 - March 17, 2007
Examined the state of society from the perspective of the Black woman, seeking to depict the courage and collective power that black women globally have harnessed through their art-their ultimate voice in the world.
The exhibit offered a glimpse into the global black female identity through the work of Black women artists from around the world. While women of Africa and the African Diaspora are separated by geographic, socio-economic and cultural disparities, as women, they share more similarities than differences. The works in this exhibit explored a wide variety of issues common to all black women, such as race, gender, and identity.
The women featured in this exhibit have the unique ability to intertwine the relationship between the human condition, imagination, consciousness and vision. They strive to liberate the world of limiting conditions and beliefs affecting women while striving to gain control over their own image. Collectively, they create greater awareness of the issues many women face and spark a dialogue that lends itself to increased access to a more prosperous economic, political, social and spiritual future for all women.
- Camille Billops (U.S.)
- Zoë Charlton (U.S )
- Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuba)
- Chandra Cox (U.S.)
- Raki Dianka (Senegal)
- Mona El-Bayoumi (Egypt)
- Nagla Ezzat (Egypt)
- Peju Layiwola (Nigeria)
- T. Lukhele (Tanzania)
- Mary Moeng (South Africa)
- Alison Saar (U.S.)
- Lorna Simpson (U.S.)
- Sira Sissoko (Mali)
- Shinique Smith (U.S.)
- Eunice Wadu (Kenya)
- Kara Wlaker (U.S.)
- Joyce Wellman (U.S.)
- And more...
January 14, 2006 - March 17, 2006
To encourage people of all races and cultures to meet and to build new relationships and to provide a representation of the diverse artists working in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area.
A new arts initiative in Winston-Salem is gathering regional artists and community members from diverse racial backgrounds in a citywide celebration of diversity. The initiative centers around four cross-cultural, multi-ethnic exhibitions of visual art entitle "Blurring Racial Barriers," hosted by Winston-Salem State University's Diggs Gallery, Delta Arts Center, SECCA and the Salem Fine Arts Center Gallery. The curators; Belinda Tate, Dianne Caesar, Vicki Kopf, and Kim Varnadoe, have created four unique exhibitions celebrating the racial and cultural diversity of Winston-Salem; one so rich and broad that no one institution could capture it alone. The exhibitions offer an opportunity for the community to peek into the world of other, while exploring our common humanity.
The "Blurring Racial Barriers" arts initiative is the brain-child of Trena McNabb, a local artist who envisions a city rich in cross-cultural friendships. The exhibitions were sponsored by Crossing 52, an organization founded to improve race relations and to combat racism in the community, and were made possible through an ECHO grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation.
- Phillip K. Adams
- Asher Barkley
- Elizabeth Benton
- Scott Betz
- Mary Beth Blackwell-Chapman
- Ann Bonner
- Les Caison III
- Henry Church
- Rebecca Deaton
- Lesley Dill
- Terri Dowell-Dennis
- Chris Flory
- Maya Freelon
- Amy Funderburk
- Willie Green-Aldridge
- Jerry lee Hanes, Sr.
- Shanta Hauser
- Wendee Haywood
- Alix Hitchcock
- Bernice Howard Davenport
- Earnestine Huff
- James Huff
- Glen A. Johnson
- Anne Kesler Shields
- Crystal Lea
- Juan Logan
- Ray Martin
- Cornelia Matthews Webster
- Trena McNabb
- Lindsay Michie Eades
- Raul R. Montero
- Marilyn Murray Lindner
- Beverly Noyes
- Nelida M. Otero-Flatow
- Cheryl Powell
- Terry Schupbach-Gordon
- Virginia Shepley
- Mitzi Shewmake
- Kimberly Varnadoe
- Kathy Vincent
- Mona Wu
October 1, 2005 - December 17, 2005
Diggs Gallery celebrated its 15th anniversary with dual exhibits recognizing James Thackeray Diggs: A Life of Art and James Gordon Hanes: A Legacy of Giving. The exhibits features selected works from the permanent collection of the gallery as donated by the renowned philanthropist Gordon Hanes and artwork by Professor James T. Diggs, for whom the gallery is named. Gordon Hanes had long envisioned an African American art museum and named it for his friend, Professor Diggs.
From the permanent collection of works donated to Diggs Gallery by Gordon Hanes, this unique selection included etchings and lithographs by 39 internationally known artists and printmakers such as John Taylor Arms, Hans Sebald Beham, William Blake, Auguste Brouet, Honore Daumier, Eugene Delarcroix, William Scott, John R. Souter, Jan van de Velde, James McNiel Whistler, Tom Hammond, Ferdinand Leger, Juan Miro, Robert Rauchenberg, Jackques Lipshitz, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Robert Mangold, Vijay Cemins, Guilliaume Azoulay, Robert Motherwill as well as many others.
The gallery also featured 35 selected works by its namesake, James T. Diggs, Jr., better known as "T." Professor Diggs and his family are a strong component of Winston-Salem as well as Winston-Salem State University. Professor Diggs was a philosopher, educator and artist who always stressed the importance of pure art. "Art is a means of expressing, creating, doing your own thing, and being liberated." This was his philosophy for 45 years, so much so that he practiced what he preached; designed the buildings of WSSU's campus, enjoying the company of his colleagues, being surrounded by students looking for a better technique, and producing drawings, prints and paintings for pleasure.
June 11, 2005 - September 17, 2005
The collection, an exquisite representation of African American Art, featured some of the leading and most sought after artists of the twentieth century.
The collection is a result of Darrell and Lisa Walker's desire to preserve African-American history, art, and culture. This resulted in an eclectic overview of African-American artwork ranging through the 20th century and into the contemporary scene, rather than focusing on a specific time period or medium.
Darrell Walker is probably best known as a star basketball player both as a Razorback at the University of Arkansas and in the NBA. Walker's zeal for collecting art began while on the road as a player with the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, and Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) and later as an NBA coach. Road games offered plenty of free time before and after games and practices which allowed Walker to explore the unique art scene each new city offered. As soon as his passion was ignited, he began to educate himself by viewing more and more artwork and by visiting artists. His longtime friend, fraternity brother, and world-renown artist Kevin Cole also began to advise Walker and introduce him to other renowned members of the art world.
Today his collection includes a long list of personally selected artwork by Ron Adams, Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Radcliff Bailey, Romare Bearden, Phoebe Beasley, Bob Blackburn, Frank Bowling, Calvin Burnett, Margaret Burroughs, Nanette Carter, William Carter, Ed Clark, Kevin cole, Robert Colescott, Tarrence Corbin, Allen R. Crite, Beauford Delaney, Louis Delsarte, David C. Driskell, Michael Ellison, Herbert Gentry, Sam Gilliam, Luther Hampton, Mango Humphrey, Richard Hunt, Bill Hutson, Fred Jones, Lois Mailou Jones, Gwen Knight, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Henry Linton, Juan Logan, Whitfield Lovell, Alvin Loving, Reginald McGhee, Clarence Morgan, Mary Lovelace O'Neal, James Phillips, Allison and Betye Saar, Raymond Saunders, Charles Searles, Charles Sebree, John Scott, A. J. Smith, Cedric smith, Frank Smith, William E. Smith, Bill Taylor, Mildred Thompson, Dudley Vacciano, James Van Der Zee, Larry Walker, Joyce Wellman, William T. Williams, John Wilson, and many others.
April 15, 2005 - May 14, 2005
The WSSU Annual Senior Art exhibit, titled Revelations showcased the diverse talents of the Fine Art Department's students. The exhibition included works from: Janet Blakely of Winston-Salem, Cicely Harrington of Raeford, Temeisha Quick of Hamlet, Albert Morgan, Henry Spencer, Aki Wallace of Charlotte, Antonio Watkins, Shonn Williams of Tabor City, and Avis Woods of Durham.
The gallery also opened ART and HONORS, an exhibit of work by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school seniors in the National Art Honors Society program, and Intertwined II, works by Winston-Salem State University Fine Arts faculty members.
June 19, 2004 - April 2, 2005
Celebrates the tremendous contribution that African Americans of North Carolina have made to the world of American art.
The exhibit features paintings, prints, sculpture and crafts by artists native to North Carolina and others whose work has been significantly influenced by their lives in the state. The show represented a powerful collection of visual imagery that is prophetic, iconic, energetic, visionary, historical, modern, transitional, meditative, compliant, resistant, meditative, sensuous and sometimes simply southern.
It covers over 90 years of work from the turn of the Twentieth Century to the present. From African American entrepreneurs in the arts (such as Charles H. Alston, William E. Artis, Malvin Gray Johnson, Selma Hortense Burke, Thomas Sills, Vester Amos Lowe, Minnie Evans, J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr., Samuel Joseph Brown, Hayward Oubre, Haywood bill rivers and William Arthur Cooper), to the progressive African American artists responding to the need for artists from their culture and representing the spiritual journey of African Americans (such as John Thomas Biggers, and his nephew, Jim Biggers, William T. Williams, Vandorn Hinnant, Juan Logan, Lois Mailou Jones, David Driskell, James D. Diggs, Michelle Tejoula Turner, Ce Scott, Stephanie Pogue, Michael D. Harris, and Beverly Buchanan); to the generation bringing African American art into the present day and promising future (such as Sonny Brown, Ernie E. Barnes, Jr., Michael Cunningham, Willie Little, Beverely McIver, Chandra Cox and Melvin Leon Woods, among others), ASCENSION was one of the most historically fulfilling the gallery has presented. The exhibit was featured in a number of newspaper, radio, and television programs, including a weekend segment done by UNC-TV, and has drew over 14,000 visitors from all over the United States.
- Charles H. Alston (1907-1977, Charlotte, NC)
- William E. Artis (1914 - 1977, Washington, NC)
- Ernie E. Barnes, Jr. (b. 1938, Durham, NC) Studied at NC Central University.
- Romare Bearden (1914 -1988, Charlotte, NC)
- James Biggers (b. 1948, Gastonia, North Carolina)
- John Thomas Biggers (1924 - 2001, Gastonia, NC)
- Samuel Joseph Brown (1907 - 1994, Wilmington, NC)
- Beverly Buchanan (b. 1940, Fuquay, NC) Studied at Bennett College.
- Selma Hortense Burke (1900 - 1995, Mooresville, NC) Educated at Winston-Salem State University.
- Chandra Cox (b. 1954, New York City) Department Chair and Distinguished Professor of Art and Design at NC State University.
- Michael Cunningham, (b.1969, Landover, Maryland) Educated at WSSU and UNC-G.
- David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia, but raised and educated in Rutherford County, NC).
- Minnie Evans (1890-1987, Wilmington, NC)
- J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. (b. 1918, Greensboro, NC)
- Michael D. Harris (b. 1952, Cleveland, Ohio) Artist and art historian, Founding Member of Africobra, Professor at UNC-CH since 1996.
- Van Dorn Hinnant (b. 1953, Greensboro, NC)
- Malvin Gray Johnson (1896-1934, Greensboro, NC)
- Lois Mailou Jones (1906-1988, Boston, MA) Palmer Memorial Institute, Sedalia, NC
- Juan Logan (1946, Nashville, Tennessee) University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
- Beverly McIver (b. 1962, Greensboro, NC)
- Hayward Oubre (b. 1916, New Orleans, LA) First Chairman of the Art Department at Winston-Salem State University.
- Stephanie Pogue (1944-2003, Shelby, NC)
- Ce Scott (b.1959, Detroit, MI) Lived and worked in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1981.
- Michelle Tejoula Turner (b. 1956, Detroit, MI) ) Lived and worked in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1988.
- William T. Williams (b. 1942, Cross Creek, NC)