Works in the Collection
Nelson Stevens was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1938 and received his B.F.A. in Painting from Ohio University Athens in 1962. In 1968, he founded the AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) collective in Chicago and in 1977 organized the second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture attended by 15,000 artists from around the world. From 1966 to 1968, Stevens was the Education Coordinator for Cleveland Museum of Art. From 1972 through 2003, he was Associate Professor of Art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and in 2003 Stevens was honored as a Professor of Art, Emeritus. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Howard University, the Langston Hughes Center, the State University of New York (Albany), Everson Museum of Art, and the National Center for Afro-American Artists in Boston, Massachusetts.