Visual Arts Exhibits

In addition to it research and preservation roles, the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Studies also supports the visual arts and artists. The Center exposes the region to regionally and nationally know artists, and offers opportunities to tap into the inspiration of these artists through workshops and other events. The National Center regularly hosts travelling art exhibits featuring individual artists and artist groups. In addition to these individual galleries, the National Center hosts annual shows by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Montgomery Artists Consortium, Inc.

In addition to the traveling and annual exhibitions, the National Center frequently displays pieces from its ever-growing collection. This collection includes a variety of artists, both regionally and nationally known, and showcases many visual styles and media. Two highlights from this permanent collection are its two murals. There is the two-part indoor mural project by Vincent Morgan, which illustrates in one part the events, places, and personalities of the Civil Rights Movement, while the second part is inspired by The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, by Jo Ann Robinson. There is also the ongoing outdoor mural project, located outside the National Center Annex. This series of panels is connected by the theme, “Journey to Freedom,” and illustrates Black history from Africa to the present, with an emphasis on the history of Alabama State University.

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Upcoming and Recent Programs

Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series: The Mass Meetings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Awakening of Black Militancy

Keynote Speaker: Fred Gray, Civil Rights Attorney

Monday, December 3, 2018
6 p.m. | First Baptist Church, 347 N. Ripley Street

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The Colvin-Feagin Annual Communiy Art Show

Exhibit opening and artists' reception featuring local artists and live jazz.

Friday, October 5, 2018
Exhibit Dates: October 5, 2018 - January 11, 2019
1345 Carter Hill Road

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The Journey to Freedom: A Mural in Eight Parts


A Visual Interpretation of African-Americans’ Struggle for Recognition as Human Beings and First-Class Citizens

Commissioned by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University

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