Tougaloo College is an historically black liberal arts institution founded in 1869 by New York-based Christian missionaries for the education of freed slaves. The buildings of the old campus are on the National Register of Historic Places. It also holds the prestigious Tougaloo Art Collection which includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Beardon , Elizabeth Catlett, David Driskell and Hale Woodruff. Two of my own pieces will be on display there along with works by the other instructors. It promises to be an exciting exhibition.
Tougaloo College was the site of several strategy meetings during the civil rights era. Their Civil Rights Library and Archives contain original memorabilia of Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as works of writers, poets and blues greats such as B. B. King.
Every sumer, Tougaloo hosts the Tougaloo Art Colony and, as I mentioned above, I will be one of 6 teaching artists July 12 - 17, 2015. The other 5 are Rebe'a Ballin, InKyoung Choi Chun, Delita Martin, Lovie Olivia and Charlotte Riley Webb. We will be joined by art-scholar/speak Tiffany E. Barber. Come work with us, improve your skills and have a good time.