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African American Art: a Guide to Resources: Home

This guide serves as a starting point for researching African American art using MSU Library resources.

African American Artists

  • Charles Alston
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Romare Bearden
  • Richard J. Brown
  • Willie Cole
  • Robert H. Colescott
  • Aaron Douglas
  • Sam Gilliam
  • Tyree Guyton
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • William H. Johnson
  • Edomonia (Mary) Lewis
  • Martin Puryear
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Alison Saar
  • Betye Saar
  • John T. Scott
  • Henry Ossawa Tanner
  • James Van Der Zee
  • Kara Walker
  • Eugene Warburg
  • Carrie Mae Weems
  • James Wells
  • Fred Wilson

"In The Garden"
Romare Bearden
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Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University


The history of African American art stretches back to the 18th and 19th centuries and continues today.  African American artists have produced a rich and varied body of work that embodies a wide variety of styles and techniques.

For a concise introduction to the topic of African American art, see Regina Perry's essay in Grove Art Online, accessible via Oxford Art Online.

African American Art Resources

The MSU Libraries has a wealth of information on African American art and artists.  Much of this information is found in the Fine Arts Library, and additional resources can be found in the Main Library. 

The following list of books will provide background information, lists of additional sources, biographical facts, and other useful information on African American artists and art. All are located in the art reference section of the Fine Arts Library.

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Terrie Wilson
Humanities Collections Coordinator and Head, Art Library
Michigan State University
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