The IU Art Museum’s commitment to showcasing African American art dates to the 1969 exhibition, Four Artists, featuring the work of four young black artists. Works by two of these artists, Richard Hunt and John E. Dowell, Jr., were subsequently acquired by the museum. Over the years, many important images by African American artists have been added, including major paintings by Robert Colescott and Felrath Hines. Although not extensive in number, the museum’s collection contains almost ninety images by fourteen African American artists, including prints and drawings by Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Eldzier Cortor, Richard Mayhew, and John Wilson;

conceptual works by Lorna Simpson, Adrian Piper, and Carl Pope; and photographs by Gordon Parks and Renée Stout. The goal of the website module is to make images of all of these pieces available to students, scholars, and the general public; to encourage further research on this aspect of our collection; and to stimulate future acquisitions by African American artists. Since not all of these works are on permanent display, you are encouraged to contact the Indiana University Art Museum prior to visiting the galleries. To see a piece that is not on view, you can generally schedule an appointment in our study room with one week’s notice.

Romare Bearden
Robert Colescott
John E. Dowell, Jr
Sam Gilliam
Felrath Hines
Richard Hunt
Gordon Parks
Adrian Piper
Lorna Simpson
John Woodrow Wilson
Renée Stout
Eldzier Cortor
Richard Mayhew
Carl Pope