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African American Art

The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to collecting and displaying important works by African American artists. Our holdings include silverwork, paintings, sculpture, textiles, photographs, drawings, and prints dating from the early 19th century to present day. In 1943, the Museum received a gift of 60 paintings, prints, and drawings created under the auspices of the Federal Art Project, and this acquisition provided a significant base of 20th-century work. Among the artists represented in the collection are Peter Bentzon, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Edmonia Lewis, James Van Der Zee, Charles White, Archibald Motley, Horace Pippin, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Moneta Sleet, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, and Julie Mehretu.