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Arts Playlist: Addressing the underrepresentation of people of color in art museums

'The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles' by Faith Ringgold is one of the pieces featured in the 'There Is a Woman in Every Color' exhibit.
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Faith Ringgold
'The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles' by Faith Ringgold is one of the pieces featured in the 'There Is a Woman in Every Color' exhibit.

People of color have historically been excluded from artistic spaces but it’s particularly glaring at mainstream art museums where diverse representation is still lacking.

For this edition of Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon sits down with Elizabeth Humphrey – a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware and creator of the traveling exhibit ‘There Is a Woman in Every Color’ – to talk about underrepresentation in art and how it's being addressed.

Art historian Elizabeth Humphrey put together the traveling exhibition 'There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art' to celebrate the contributions of Black women to the world of art. She says major museums have avoided exhibitions of Black artists in the past, but are showing more now.

Humphrey is adamant that art communities encourage the trend and ensure underrepresented artists are reflected in their communities.

“If people don’t see other black creatives in their network, how are you pulling them together to peer mentorship, how are we connecting them to the artists that came before them," Humphrey said. "What sorts of programs are available to help, not sponsor, but support them into that next step of their career.”

Humphrey adds that more representation encourages artists to expand their subject matter and approaches to art.

“The question then becomes ‘What’s the function of black art today? Are we still focusing on social uplift? Are we allowing black artists to express their creativity?’" Humphrey said. "So I think those conversations are still ongoing, but perspectives are shifting in a lot of ways.”

'There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art' runs through May 16 at The Delaware Art Museum.

Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon talks with art historian Elizabeth Humphrey about underrepresentation in art

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Kyle McKinnon is the Senior Producer for The Green with a passion for storytelling and connecting with people.
Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated three decades of on-air experience, most recently in New Orleans as WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for the broadcast/podcast “Louisiana Considered”.