College of Arts and Sciences

Ascension II: A Legacy of Self-Taught African-American Artists of North Carolina


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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.

Featured Artists

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

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