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New Exhibit! African American Artists of the Civil War Era (138 hits)


The United States Civil War began in April 1861 when Charleston's Fort Sumter was fired upon. The conflict lasted four years, took more than 600,000 lives and emancipated 4 million enslaved people. During this horrific chapter in American history, a number of African American artists overcame great odds to establish themselves as respected masters of their craft.

In honor of Black History Month, the ODU Art Library is proud to present a new exhibit featuring African American Artists from the Civil War Era. Among the artists featured are sculptress Edmonia Lewis (pictured), painter Robert S. Duncanson and photographer J.P Ball. The exhibit is located in the Diehn Atrium and the Art Library, and will run the entire month of February.

Image: Edmonia Lewis, c.1870, Henry Rocher, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Posted By: Daniel Moss
Friday, February 4th 2011 at 1:30PM
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