Permanent Collection

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art spans more than 150 years of African American art and includes prized pieces by Bannister, Duncanson, Bearden, Hunt.

Selected works

  • The Piano Lesson

    The Piano Lesson

    Throughout his multifaceted career, Romare Bearden was known for his dedication to art,...

  • The Wooing of Hiawatha

    The Wooing of Hiawatha

    Mary Edmonia Lewis is considered the first African American to gain an international reputation...

  • Composition with Three Women

    Composition with Three Women

    This drawing depicts three women in three different postures: full frontal, profile and rear...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon I: In the Beginning All Was Void

    Genesis Creation Sermon I: In the...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Staircase

    Staircase

    During William A. Harper’s brief life, he focused his artistic pursuits on representations of...

  • Composition with Three Women

    Cubist Bird

    Beginning in the 1930s, Johnson’s influence from Cubism and Mexican muralists became the impetus...

  • The Creation

    The Creation

    Artist Aaron Douglas created three images that are illustrations for the book of poems by James...

  • Fortune Teller

    Fortune Teller

    In 1885, Nelson A. Primus moved from Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked and studied portrait...

  • Streamside

    Streamside

    Painter Edward Mitchell Bannister found much of the inspiration for his paintings in the...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon VI: And God Created All the Beasts of the Earth

    Genesis Creation Sermon VI: And God...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Zinnias in a Pot

    Zinnias in a Pot

    A self-taught painter from Louisiana, Clementine Hunter is known for her colorful and...

  • Sunrise

    Sunrise

    Throughout his multifaceted career, Romare Bearden was known for his dedication to art and...

  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers (For Langston Hughes)

    The Negro Speaks of Rivers (For...

    In this drawing Aaron Douglas pays homage to poet Langston Hughes and his poem The Negro...

  • The Bridge Party

    The Bridge Party

    Charles White is an acclaimed painter and muralist whose experience with the Works Progress...

  • The Mirror

    The Mirror

    Robert Blackburn was a graphic artist, a painter as well as the founder and director of the...

  • Untitled

    Untitled

    Norman Lewis is considered the first major African American Abstract Expressionist. Lewis grew...

  • Library Series: The Schomburg

    Library Series: The Schomburg

    American painter Jacob Lawrence is best known for depicting narratives of the daily lives and...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon II: And God Brought Forth the Firmament and the Waters

    Genesis Creation Sermon II: And God...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Wall Piece with Hanging Form

    Wall Piece with Hanging Form

    Richard Hunt is an acclaimed and prolific sculptor best known for his commissioned public...

  • Seated Figure

    Seated Figure

    Seated Figure embodies many of the styles and media Charles Alston experimented with...

  • Go Down Death — A Funeral Sermon

    Go Down Death — A Funeral Sermon

    Artist Aaron Douglas created three images that are illustrations for the book of poems by James...

  • Head of a Woman

    Head of a Woman

    Head of a Woman is indicative of Charles Sebree’s style in which he uses washes and...

  • Landscape

    Landscape

    Painter Edward Mitchell Bannister found much of the inspiration for his paintings in the...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon VII: And God Created Man and Woman

    Genesis Creation Sermon VII: And God...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Reclining Nude

    Reclining Nude

    Throughout his multifaceted career, Romare Bearden was known for his dedication to art and...

  • #2 Mask

    Sargent Claude Johnson’s hammered copper masks retain the strong influence of African art and...

  • Chapultepec Castle

    Chapultepec Castle

    Robert Scott Duncanson was among the few African American painters with an active professional...

  • Reflections

    Reflections

    Rendered in aqueous washes of gouache, Robert Thompson’s Reflections depicts simplified...

  • Pensive

    Pensive

    Sculptor, printmaker and painter Elizabeth Catlett is known for her adeptness at creating works...

  • Figure Sitting

    Figure Sitting

    Marion Perkins was one of Chicago’s foremost Renaissance sculptors and was known for his compact...

  • Landscape (1958)

    Landscape (1958)

    Hughie Lee-Smith’s paintings melded his understanding of more formal academic styles with his...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon III: And God Said Let the Earth Bring Forth the Grass, T

    Genesis Creation Sermon III: And God...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Bigger Bridge

    Bigger Bridge

    Richard Hunt is an acclaimed and prolific sculptor best known for his commissioned public...

  • Head of a Dancer

    Head of a Dancer

    Throughout his career, Richmond Barthé was interested in the movement and stance of the body. He...

  • The Night Letter

    The Night Letter

    In this painting, Cortor depicts a domestic interior featuring an older woman and a young girl....

  • Etude in Blue

    Etude in Blue

    Educated at Howard University and Columbia University, Alma Thomas was associated with the...

  • Summer Twilight

    Summer Twilight

    Painter Edward Mitchell Bannister found much of the inspiration for his paintings in the...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon VIII: And Creation Was Done and All Was Well

    Genesis Creation Sermon VIII: And...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Girl Seated

    Girl Seated

    In her sculptures, prints and painting, artist Margaret Burroughs focused on the themes of...

  • Mount Calvary

    Mount Calvary

    William H. Johnson returned to the United States in 1938 after living abroad in France and...

  • Man Fishing

    Man Fishing

    Robert Scott Duncanson was among the few African American painters with an active professional...

  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    Charles White is an acclaimed painter and muralist whose experience with the Works Progress...

  • Homage to Black Woman Poets

    Homage to Black Women Poets

    Sculptor, printmaker and painter Elizabeth Catlett is known for her adeptness at creating works...

  • Autumn Landscape

    Considered one of the best still-life painters of the late 19th century, Charles Ethan Porter...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon IV: And God Created the Day and the Night and God Create

    Genesis Creation Sermon IV: And God...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Model for Middle Passage Monument

    Model for Middle Passage Monument

    Richard Hunt is an acclaimed and prolific sculptor best known for his commissioned public...

  • The Black Man in the Making of America

    The Black Man in the Making of America

    Throughout his multifaceted career, Romare Bearden was known for his dedication to art and...

  • The Judgment Day

    The Judgment Day

    Artist Aaron Douglas created three images that are illustrations for the book of poems by James...

  • Miss X

    Miss X

    Miss X is one among many prints by Dox Thrash that portray honest and moving scenes of...

  • Jazz Rhapsody

    Jazz Rhapsody

    Throughout his multifaceted career, Romare Bearden was known for his dedication to art,...

  • Landscape (1947)

    Landscape (1947)

    Hughie Lee-Smith’s paintings melded his understanding of more formal academic styles with his...

  • The Blues Has Got Me

    The Blues Has Got Me

    Romare Bearden worked in a variety of mediums and styles, ranging from cartoons and oils to...

  • The Card Game

    The Card Game

    Jacob Lawrence’s The Card Game depicts a group of four card players, two men and two...

  • Portrait of a Woman

    Portrait of a Woman

    Edwin A. Harleston applied his academic artistic training to his realistic portraiture of...

  • Sojourner Truth

    Sojourner Truth

    Charles White is an acclaimed painter and muralist whose experience with the Works Progress...

  • Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald

    Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald

    Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald encapsulates Beauford Delaney’s range of artistic styles,...

  • Lilacs

    Lilacs

    Considered one of the best still-life painters of the late 19th century, Charles Ethan Porter...

  • Genesis Creation Sermon V: And God Created All the Fowls of the Air and Fishes o

    Genesis Creation Sermon V: And God...

    Based on biblical texts and his own memory of the Sunday sermons of the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

  • Funeral Procession

    Funeral Procession

    A self-taught painter from Louisiana, Clementine Hunter is known for her colorful and...

  • The Magic Garden

    The Magic Garden

    Throughout his multifaceted career, Romare Bearden was known for his dedication to art and...

  • Boy with Toy Plane

    Boy with Toy Plane

    Boy with Toy Plane highlights an important aspect of Aaron Douglas’ conceptual focus,...

  • Rural Landscape

    Rural Landscape

    Predominantly known as an accomplished printmaker and renowned educator, James Lesesne Wells was...