This spring, Charles E. Williams came to our area for a visit. During his stay, PFF arranged for him to give an artist’s talk to student-athletes at Irvington High School in NJ. He shared with them some of his experience as an athlete and artist.
Last year, PFF had the opportunity to visit the studio of Stephen Hayes the Creator. He gave us an intimate look into his studio and shared with us his origin story. It is no doubt that this man will be as legendary as he dreams.
Charles Edward Williams is a gifted figure painter with a remarkable personal history that informs his work and social outlook. As part of PFF’s mission in 2017-18 to augment our collection with younger African American voices, we traveled down to North Carolina to meet with Charles in his studio and add his work to our […]
Check out this feature article about Arvie Smith in Portland Monthly. The article even shows off Trapeze Artist, the first painting PFF had the pleasure of purchasing from Arvie. https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2017/8/14/portland-artist-arvie-smith-paints-the-black-experience-in-blazing-color
PFF Collection was recently featured in the Portland Art Museum’s 125th Anniversary video. Check out PFF Curator Berrisford Boothe and famed artist Mickalene Thomas share some thoughts on the Portland Art Museum’s impact (section starts at 5:37 sec).
Last month PFF curator Berrisford Boothe traveled to North Carolina to visit a number of fantastic artists, among them the great James McMillan who we had the pleasure of visiting with last year, as well as up and coming artists Charles E. Williams, Stephen Hayes, and Steven Cozart. To say it was an enlightening experience […]
Last week the website Black Art In America featured dear friend and artist Barbara Bullock. A collection of images and interview excerpts, the feature gives a larger, national audience an intimate glimpse of this incredible woman’s genius and warmth. Take a minute to listen to her thoughts and enjoy photos of her vibrant studio on […]
PFF featured artist Arvie Smith was born in 1938 in the Jim Crow South where he lived with his grandparents and great-grandmother, a former slave. As a teen, he moved to live in the de facto segregated areas of South Central Los Angeles and Watts. These early years laid the groundwork for his life’s work […]
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit Syd Carpenter and her husband Steve Donegan in their impossibly cool Germantown studio. Syd is an artist and ceramicist based in Philadelphia. She studied at Tyler School of Art and teaches ceramics at Swarthmore while maintaining a consistent studio practice. Syd gave us the full […]
These past two months have seen a whirlwind of new acquisitions and we’re excited to share with you some new voices and perspectives as the collection continues to expand and mature. Here’s a sneak peak. Check back on our website soon for more detailed artwork information. Leon Hicks […]
Constructing Identity is over, but check out this review that perfectly summarizes all of our hopes and intentions for the show. Bob Hicks gets it. We are so grateful to him for this thoughtful and insightful article. Follow the link below to read the article. Black art: a neverending story
Our most heartfelt endorsement yet. Bruce Chessé, son of renowned African American and artist Ralph Chessé and dedicated preserver of his legacy, made this toast at a recent Constructing Identity reception. It’s moments like these that energize and inspire us to keep learning, stretching, and growing so that we honor those great masters who have […]