Karsten Creightney, American, born 1976. 12th & Resilience, 2019. Lithograph on paper 24 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club 2022.175

Expressions: Works on Paper by African American Artists

January 12, 2023 - April 16, 2023

Graphics Gallery

Artists frequently draw on their own experiences to create unique works of art, incorporating personal themes such as identity and memory, as well as aspects of the universal human experience. Through styles that range from narrative and figurative to conceptual and abstract, the artists in this exhibition have explored these themes in various ways, and include names such as David Driskell, Karsten Creightney, Tyree Guyton, and Therman Statom.

Expressions presents a selection of works on paper by African American artists acquired by the Flint Institute of Arts over the last decade. Several of these artworks were created through traditional techniques such as drawing, woodcut, lithography, screen printing, and etching. While others have experimented with innovative materials and methods like vitreography and sculpturegraph. Despite their differences in method, all of these works can be seen as personal expressions of the artists who created them. 

From the Exhibition

  • David Driskell, American, 1931 – 2020. Mask Series II, 2019. Woodcut and digital print on Paper 15 × 11 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment 2020.46

  • Judy Bowman, American, born 1952, Mom in Harlem, 2020. Archival pigment print on paper 20 × 30 in. (50.8 × 76.2 cm) Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment 2020.52

  • Tyree Guyton, American, born 1955. Straight and Narrow, 2014. Serigraph on paper 24 × 18 in. (61 × 45.7 cm). Gift of Elisabeth Saab and Chad Hansen 2020.42

  • Clarence Morgan, American, born 1950, Zelda, 2017. Lithograph on paper 16 × 16 in. (40.6 × 40.6 cm). Gift of Max Lepler and Rex L. Dotson 2018.202