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Delilah W. Pierce in Smithsonian Year: Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the Year Ended September 30
Delilah W. Pierce was very involved with the Smithsonian Institution throughout her life. In 1992 Delilah was published in: Delilah W. Pierce in Smithsonian Year: Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the Year Ended September 30. The author was the Smithsonian Institution and was published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1992.
- Delilah W. Pierce At The Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Exhibition – District of Columbia Art Association, 1973
- Inspiration: 1961 – 1989
- The Smithsonian National Museum Of American Art Hosted An Evening With Delilah W. Pierce
- Delilah W. Pierce Among Alma Thomas’ Little Paris Group, 1948
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Delilah W. Pierce Helped Address Gender & Racial Inequality In Forever Free: Art By African-American Women, 1862-1980 An Exhibition
Delilah W. Pierce not only helped to expand black identity perceptions during her life and career as an artist, curator, educator and advocate, she helped break down the vicious barriers of gender inequality within the visual arts community.
Author Susan Willand Worteck said in the introduction:
The role of black women in the development of the visual arts in America is a relatively new subject for research and museum exhibitions. Therefore, it was no small undertaking for Illinois State University to organize Forever Free, an exhibition of 118 works by forty-nine artists which features achievements in the visual arts by African-American women. The exhibition is a revelation and a challenge; because historians and critics until recently have overlooked art by women in general, art by black women has suffered a double bias. In response to this oversight, Forever Free is a historical overview of work in all media by black women artists from 1862 to 1980.
Forever Free, published by Feminist Studies, was also accompanied by an exhibition. In 1982 the exhibition was at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from January – February 15, 1982.
Jet Magazine always dedicated a section to activities within the African American community around the country. In 1975 their June edition promoted an exhibit held by Georgette Seabrooke Powell and the DC Art Association. Delilah W. Pierce was one of the exhibitors. This exhibition was held to show the diversity within the African American visual arts community.
Delilah W. Pierce & Fellow Artists’ Files For Exhibition Of African-American Women Artists, 1969-1978
According to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Delilah W. Pierce was to exhibit at The National Women’s Caucus for Art – College Art Association’s Annual meeting in 1979. Emily Martin and Tritobia Benjamin were the co-curators. However, do to the lack of funding the exhibition was cancelled. Learn More: Artists’ files for exhibition of African-American women artists, 1969-1978.
Author Helen Tierney published a cannon of female African American painters. In her anthology she covered the wider expressions of African American female artists. Delilah W. Pierce was included in the cannon. Ms. Tierney explored some of the core “emotions” of African American art: celebration, grief, anger, and pride. Check out Helen Tierney’s The Women’s Studies Encyclopedia.
In 1989 Delilah W. Pierce co-authored a book with her friends and peers William Dorsey and Peter L. Robinson. Inspiration, which featured Delilah’s art on the cover, highlighted artists who made an impact on visual arts including. Inspirations is among the collection at the The Thomas J. Watson Library, the central library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Inspiration was a part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution – Anacostia Community Museum. Click to learn more about the exhibition Inspiration: 1961-1989.
- Learn more on the exhibition at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, District of Columbia Art Association.
- Martin, Edith L. (OMRA). (b. Caroline County, VA; active Washington, DC, 2006)
- WASHINGTON (DC). Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.
In 1991 Delilah W. Pierce was honored by the Women’s Caucus of Art Lifetime Achievement Award. Delilah was recognized for her achievement in the visual arts.
In 1997 Delilah W. Pierce was featured in Saint James Guide to Black Artists. The book was authored by Thomas Riggs.
About the Saint James Guide to Black Artists
Published in association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,” St. James Guide to Black Artists” features biographical and career information, as well as brief critical essays, on nearly 400 of the most prominent black artists. Approximately 75 percent of the artists profiled were alive at the time of publication. Also included are a small number of important artists from the nineteenth century.
All the entrants in the book are visual artists who work primarily as painters, sculptors and printmakers. But important artists in other media, such as photography, have also been included. Though the great majority of the entrants are from the U.S., about 100 are from Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and elsewhere. Each entry provides: Biographical and career information Selected exhibitions Collections Publications Comments by the artist (when available) A signed, critical essay by an authority in the field
Illustrating the book are 300 photographs of artists and their works. Other value-added features include a selected bibliography on black artists as well as medium, nationality and illustration indexes.
In 2001 Delilah W. Pierce was included in Daniel J. Frye’s African American Visual Artists: An Annotated Bibliography of Educational Resource Materials.