Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies
Established in 2011, the SCAD Museum of Art's Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies celebrates the imaginative breadth and expressive legacy of African American art and culture. Through experimental public programs, immersive workshops, riveting lectures, and topical symposia, the Evans Center immerses students and community members in the rich tapestry of Black expression. Dedicated to creating opportunities for dynamic learning and engagement, the Evans Center leverages the power of witness to inspire audiences, expand historical perspectives, and promote Black creative production.
The Evans Center is also home to SCAD MOA's Walter and Linda Evans Collection of African American Art, which is foundational to the center's approach to commemorating Black histories and nurturing Black futures. The esteemed collection includes works by renowned artists such as Edward Mitchell Bannister, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Clementine Hunter, Jacob Lawrence, and Alma Thomas.
An experienced leader and community builder, Joël Díaz is the inaugural director of the SCAD Museum of Art's Evans Center for African American Studies. Prior to joining SCAD, Díaz worked with many leading arts and advocacy organizations and cultural institutions including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Pioneer Works, and the Museum of the City of New York.