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Mary Ann Calo
Colgate University (Hamilton, NY 13346-1386)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 12/31/2005

American Art Criticism and the African American Artist

This project is concerned with the critical reception of African American artists who emerged in the wake of the Harlem Renaissance. In the interwar decades a set of critical ideals rooted in the discourse of racial difference functioned to isolate black artistic production from mainstream cultural practice. This was a lost opportunity for American art critics who failed to recognize the extent to which African American artists, through their work and their rhetoric, sought to participate in a collective project of national self-definition. The legacy of this era has been the persistent inability to dislodge the preeminence of race as a constant in the critical assessment of African American artists.