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African American Art: Getting Started

This guide serves as a starting point for researching African American Art.

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African American Artists

Romaire Bearden

Romare Bearden ("In the Garden")

  • Willie Cole
  • Tyree Guyton
  • William H. Johnson
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Edmonia (Mary) Lewis
  • Gordon Parks
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Kara Walker
  • Carrie Mae Weems
  • James Wells
  • Fred Wilson


The history of African American art dates back as far as the Colonial period and includes a rich and varied body of work. Artists have used a wide variety of styles and techniques ranging from textile arts to sculpture to mask making. 

The University of St. Thomas Libraries have a wealth of information in print and online about the artists and their art. For a concise overview of the topic, head to Oxford Art Online for the introductory essay, "African American Art."

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