The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.
Black artists across the nation compete for awards in the categories of Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography and Mixed Media. Winning artwork entries in the various categories have become part of the African American Museum’s permanent collection.
The Competition is named in recognition of Mr. Simms’ outstanding contribution to art and art education. He joined the faculty of Texas Southern University (formerly Texas State University for Negro’s) in 1950 and was co-founder of the art department. Professor Simms served on the faculty until 1987.
Simms developed a unique program of ceramics and sculpture at the University. The body of Terra Cotta Shrine sculptures created by Professor Simms’ students represents a distinct contribution to the evolution of Twentieth Century African American sculpture.
Deadline October 22, 2011 – get more info and download the entry from the African American Museum website.
Read Caroll Harris Simms’ obituary in the Houston Chronicle for more info about this artist, author, professor and key figure in African American Art History.
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