The Teacher-Artist

My husband treated me to a date of beauty and art by taking me to the Carl Van Vechten Gallery located on the campus of Fisk University. Upon arrival I was taken in by the lovely Lady Crestwell who graciously volunteers and serves the gallery well. Her family legacy in Nashville and Fisk alone are most interesting.

As an artist I love the colors of life and have my memories with Jacob Lawrence and his wife Gwen Knight in Seattle. I was fortunate to spend quality time with them and was commissioned by Tacoma Art Museum for Gwen’s Exhibition.

On October 21 & 22 Fisk University  will present a Fall Humanities Workshop The Artist-Teacher : Celebrating James Weldon Johnson

I find it interesting that Carl Van Vechten wrote the forward for Mr. Johnson’s book – The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man first published anonymously in 1912. 

His book God’s Trombone is a stellar work of poetic beauty with drawing by Aaron Douglas and lettering by C. B. Falls

The Assistant Curator of Fisk University Galleries Nikoo Paydar is excited about the upcoming community events and eager to share so please email or call 614.329.8544 for more info or to become Friends of Fisk Galleries! Let’s continue to share the wealth of this beautiful American Life!

ALways Wear Joy!


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