Kirschke Edits Book on Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Amy Kirschke, professor and chair of the department of art and art history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, served as editor of Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, just released by University Press of Mississippi.

Complete with seventy-two black and white illustrations, Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance is a collection of essays that explore how a system of patronage and sexism marginalized some remarkable visual artists. Women artists of the Harlem Renaissance experienced racial prejudice, which limited their ability to obtain training and to be taken seriously as working artists. They also encountered prevailing sexism, often an even more serious barrier.

Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance chronicles the challenges of women artists, some unknown to the general public, and places their achievements in the artistic and cultural context of early twentieth-century America. Contributors to this volume explore the legacy of Edmonia Lewis, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Augusta Savage, Selma Burke, Elizabeth Prophet, Lois Maillou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett and other painters, sculptors and printmakers.

In addition to Kirschke, contributing essayists include Renée Ater, Kirsten Pai Buick, Susan Earle, Lisa Farrington, Melanie Herzog, Theresa Leininger-Miller and Cary D. Wintz - all leaders in the field of African American Art.

Kirschke is the author of Aaron Douglas: Art, Race, and the Harlem Renaissance (published by University Press of Mississippi) and Art in Crisis: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Struggle for African American Identity and Memory (winner of the 2007 SECAC award for excellence in writing and research) and coeditor of Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, the "Crisis," and American History. She has been a faculty member at UNCW for ten years.

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