College of Arts and Sciences

IMAGES OF AMERICA: African American Voices


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Not an ocean Between UsSelections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Walker

The collection, an exquisite representation of African American Art, featured some of the leading and most sought after artists of the twentieth century.

June 11, 2005-September 17, 2005

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.

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