LUAG’s ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ exhibition showcases work by artists of African descent

February 7, 2022 10:00AM
The Young, Gifted and Black exhibition opened on Feb. 1 in honor of Black History Month. It showcases a wide variety of works from the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art. (Frances Mack/B&W Editor)
Lehigh University Art Galleries’ newest exhibition, “Young, Gifted and Black,” featuring a collection of works by both emerging and established Black artists, opened for viewing on Feb. 1.

Works by over 50 artists of African descent were curated by Bernard Lumpkin, a contemporary art collector, patron and educator. The art pieces come from his personal collection, The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art.

Lumpkin said these works hang on the walls of his family’s home when they are not being displayed in university galleries. However, there are always some works from his personal collection out on loan to museum galleries.

In speaking about the mission behind this exhibition, as well as his philosophy as an art collector, Lumpkin emphasized his desire to champion Black voices and serve as an advocate and patron of Black talent and the Black experience.

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