Chicago Renaissance: A Festival Celebrating African American Art

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

5 boxes (approximately 6 linear feet) of materials consisting of the records of the Chicago Renaissance, a 4-day event held at Chicago State University, June 21- 24, 2001, including photos of artists, vendors, and visitors; photo slides of artists submissions; correspondence; and African American Art Conference Committee meeting minutes. Other documents include the event proposal, financial records, and event ephemera.

Biographical Historical Note

The Chicago Renaissance was an event held at Chicago State University on June 21-24, 2001, to showcase African American art and artists. It was organized by artist Melvin King and members of CSU’s faculty. Fifty-five artists and ten galleries participated, and panel discussions focused on career opportunities in art. Among the participants was artist and educator Dr. Margaret Burroughs.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Art Audiovisual collection, Chicago State University.

Related collections for Margaret Burroughs: Archives of the South Side Community Art Center, South Side Community Art Center; Work[s] Progress Administration Federal Art Project Photograph Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; Vernon Jarrett Videotape Collection, 1991-1998, Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection.