“African American Visions” is a homage to Emerita Professor Samella Lewis, who taught at Scripps from 1970-1984 and inspired many students. Artist, art historian, curator, filmmaker, and museum co-founder, Samella Lewis has dedicated her richly varied career to increasing understanding and appreciation of African American art. To give a full picture of her as an artist and educator, the exhibition features selected works from her personal collection and the Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art at Scripps, which was created in her honor. On view will be works by leading artists, including Richmond Barthé, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Samella Lewis, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, and others.
Accompanying the exhibition is an illustrated catalog, with an essay by Mary MacNaughton and responses to works by Scripps faculty and Williamson Gallery interns.
An opening reception will be held in the Williamson Gallery on Saturday, September 22, from 7-9 p.m., beginning with a panel discussion, “Education through the Arts,” from 4-5 p.m., which is cosponsored by the Gallery and the Clark Lecture Fund.