Juneteenth & Black Artist Resources

Want to learn more about artists of color in art history, or even more about the history of Juneteenth? Look no further! Below I have created a lists of artists of color who I think are important part of art history and ways to support people of color in the fight for equality.


Henry Ossawa Tanner

  • 1859 - 1937
  • born in Pittsburgh, PA 
  • First artist of color to gain international acclaim
  • Biblical themes in artworks
  • First artist of color to have art purchased by the White House

Wikipedia Link

James Van Der Zee

  • 1886 - 1983
  • Born in Lenox, MA
  • Moved to Harlem as a teen
  • Worked in a photo studio in NJ to pay the bills
  • Leading figure in Harlem Renaissance
  • Known for his photo portraits of black New Yorkers

Wikipedia Link

Augusta Savage

  • 1892 - 1962
  • Born in Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Travelled & Exhibited across Europe
  • Won numerous awards
  • Major figure in Harlem Renaissance
  • 1939 New York World Fair
  • Equal rights work

Wikipedia Link

Aaron Douglas

  • 1899 - 1979
  • Born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Major figure in the Harlem Renaissance
  • Lots of murals
  • Co-Founder of Carl van Vechten Gallery of Fine Arts

Wikipedia Link

Nick Cave

  • 1959 -  
  • Born in Fulton, MO
  • Sculptor, dancer, performance artist
  • Best known for performance art
  • Director at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Artworks inspired from African fashion & armor

Wikipedia Link

Issac Julien

  • 1960 -
  • Born in London
  • Works mostly with film (movies), but also photography
  • Cannes Film Festival 1991
  • Kunstfilm Biennale (Cologne) 2003
  • Nominated for Turner Prize

Wikipedia Link

Jean-Michel Basquiat

  • 1960 - 1988
  • Born in Brooklyn, NY
  • Started out as a graffiti artist (SAMO)
  • Gallery represented by 20
  • Documenta 1982
  • Whitney Biennial
  • Art based on racial injustice & class struggle

Wikipedia Link

Wangechi Mutu

  • 1972 -
  • Born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Gender constructs, social trauma, environmental destruction
  • African futurism
  • Countless international exhibitions
  • Venice Biennale 2015

Wikipedia Link

Support Equality

The National Museum of African American History and Culture [link]

  • This Smithsonian museum is based in Washington D.C. and holds a large collection of objects that help visitors learn about African American history in the U.S.

Black Renaissance: The Art and Soul of Our Stories | YouTube Originals [link]

  • In this 1.5 hour video learn more about Black voices in art and culture

Eat Okra [link]

  • This app is great for finding black owned restaurant/food based businesses in your area

28 Days of Black History [link]

  • Subscribe to Anti-Racism Daily to get daily anti-racism education emails

The Culture LP [link]

  • A Brooklyn based organization, The Culture LP works with artists of color to help educate through art and culture
Please note these lists are not comprehensive, but rather a starting point for those who want to know more and don't know where to start. All suggestions for additions to any of the lists are welcome. To submit a suggestion, contact me here.
Note: All views and opinions expressed are the author's own. If you feel there is missing information or wish to discuss any of the works please contact me.