Contemporary Art

Black American Artists in North Carolina

Rachel Witte 25 February 2023 min Read

Are you curious about Black American artists from or working in the state of North Carolina? Well, look no further. Here is a (short) list to get you started on your journey!

Two of my favorite artists from South Eastern North Carolina have been discussed in prior articles in DailyArt Magazine. So make sure to check out articles about Ivey Hayes and Minnie Evans before leaving!

1. Harry Davis

 African American Visual Artists in North Carolina
Black American Artists North Carolina: Harry Davis, Sharecropper’s Children, 2013, private collection. Kindrd Magazine.

Harry Davis was a self-trained artist who worked with oil paints. He focused heavily on African American life in the Southern United States as well as African thematic art.

2. Endia Beal

Black American Artists North Carolina: Endia Beal, KYANDRA & SHAKIYA, from the series Am I What You Are Looking For?, 2016. Photoculture.

In her photography series titled Am I What You Are Looking For?, Endia Beal focused on representing the notion of workplaces wanting diversity and inclusion and what that actually means.

3. Dare CoulterAfrican American Visual Artists in North Carolina

Black American Artists North Carolina: Dare Coulter, On The Shoulders of Greatness, 2017. Arist's website.
Black American Artists North Carolina: Dare Coulter, On the Shoulders of Greatness, 2017. Artist’s website.

Dare Coulter‘s artworks embrace the Black American culture in so many ways. Two examples are the color palate and the subject matter. She works in various formats including murals, sculptures, and paintings on the subject of Black Americans.

4. Vandorn Hinnant

Black American Artists North Carolina: Vandorn Hinnant, Together We Rise, 2014. Artist’s website.

In Vandorn Hinnant‘s own words, his sculptures represent the “ancient knowledge of relationships.” They are philosophical in nature and are also meant to make the audience question the universe around them.

I work with the geometries as if I am composing sacred music for the edification of the spirit of humankind.

Vandorn Hinnant, 2020.

5. Beverly McIver

Black American Artists North Carolina: Beverly McIver, Blinding Light: Whatever Might Rise, 2018, Craven Allen Gallery & House of Frames, Durham, NC, USA.
Black American Artists North Carolina: Beverly McIver, Blinding Light: Whatever Might Rise, 2018, Craven Allen Gallery & House of Frames, Durham, NC, USA. Indyweek.

Beverly McIver completed this series while on a year-long fellowship in Rome, where she went to work on her art. Her work focuses on the lives of African Americans, as well as her own. In a statement from Craven Allen Gallery, McIver stated:

Since I returned from Rome, I’ve been fascinated with those who courageously share their authentic selves with the world. I continue to create portraits of white males in blackface, black women in body paint, and men who dress in drag. I remain intrigued by masks, dress-up, and how we as humans choose to define ourselves.

Personal Statement, Craven Allen Gallery & House of Frames.

6. Antoine Williams

African American Visual Artists in North Carolina
Antoine Williams, The Ain’t Gots, installation view, 2016. Artist’s website.

Antoine Williams uses his art to comment on many aspects of Black American culture in the current climate of the world, specifically in the United States. The Ain’t Gots focuses on the young Black American men who have lost their lives because of law enforcement in the past several years.

A Much Longer List

There are many more Black visual artists in North Carolina, both past and present, in the Black communities throughout North Carolina. Choosing only a handful was a rather difficult task. If you ever find yourself in the state, look for work by these artists and many more!

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