Steve R. Allen Gifts AUC Woodruff Library Artworks
Artworks Gifted Featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Part of a Multimillion-dollar HBCU Gifting Initiative to Demand
Equity in the Business of Art
By: Atlanta University Center
Throughout his career, Mr. Allen has noted the lack of representation on the business side of art as it relates to high-end auction houses and mind-boggling private banking transactions that value artworks as tradeable assets. His HBCU gifting initiative serves as social commentary on the financial value of Black art in American culture and is a demand for equity amongst Black people in the business of art.
The gift of artworks donated to the AUC Woodruff Library is valued at $370,000 and includes six limited-edition Gicleés: "Freedom Journey," of former President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; "Battle of New Orleans," created for the 40th Bayou Classic; "Iola McLeod," a portrait of Allen's paternal grandmother;
"This gift aligns with my mission to expose the variety of visual contributions of African American artists to students, scholars and collectors and, moreover, to demand equity for my brothers and sisters in the business of art. My intention with this gift, and those that follow with other HBCUs, is to strengthen the position of Black institutions as innovative places for teaching art and revealing its power and financial value," says Allen. "I cannot think of a better way to honor my mother, Rev. Dr. Rebecca Bowden Allen Johnson, and brother Arthur Lee Allen's, legacies than by providing Black and other audiences around the country with access to these artworks."
Says Loretta Parham, CEO & Director, AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library, "Allen's work complements the vision of the Library's Knowledge and Arts Initiative, which is to promote student and faculty engagement within library learning spaces and in the classroom. This collection will become curriculum resources for the object-based learning that is made possible
by the Library's GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) Program. We are very appreciative of this gift from Mr. Allen."
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About Steve R. Allen
A celebrated and internationally renowned artist, Mr. Steve R. Allen was the official artist for eight Olympic games and has five founding and permanent artworks featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Allen's papers were acquired by Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library alongside other luminaries including Langston Hughes, Alice Walker and Josephine Baker. Mr. Allen's artworks are featured in private collections around the world. For further information on Mr. Allen and his artworks, contact Seanne N. Murray at email@example.com. Please contact publicist for interview requests: Diane Larche' at 404-273-3227, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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