Colonial Williamsburg lauds Black American artists in October show

Bernice Sims, ‘Big Daddy’s House at Hickory Hill,’ Brewton, Alabama. Circa 1996, acrylic on canvas. Museum Purchase, 2020.101.4
Bernice Sims, ‘Big Daddy’s House at Hickory Hill,’ Brewton, Alabama. Circa 1996, acrylic on canvas. Museum Purchase, 2020.101.4
Bernice Sims, ‘Big Daddy’s House at Hickory Hill,’ Brewton, Alabama. Circa 1996, acrylic on canvas. Museum Purchase, 2020.101.4

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — When “I made this…”: The Work of Black American Artists and Artisans opens on October 22 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 28 examples of decorative art and folk art from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s renowned collections will go on view in a groundbreaking exhibition. Never before have the art museums together exhibited objects made exclusively by Black artists and artisans from the 18th to the 20th centuries across so many genres in both decorative and folk arts. Focusing on the makers, this unique assemblage of paintings, furniture, textiles, decorative sculptures, quilts, ceramics, tools, metals and more will help illuminate their stories. The exhibit will remain on view through December 31, 2025.

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