|Repository:||Auburn Avenue Research Library|
|Creator:||Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006|
|Title:||Benny Andrews papers|
|Quantity:||3.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of African American artist Benny Andrews' exhibit programs, announcements, guides, booklets, and catalogs for solo and collaborative exhibits between 1975 and 1992 as well as periodical articles from 1971 to 1992 and information about the artistic contributions of his family members.|
Benny Andrews is a painter who was born in Madison, Georgia on November 13, 1930. He was one of 10 children. He attended Fort Valley State College from 1948 to 1950 and received his art training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1954-1958, where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. He has held teaching positions at several colleges and has been the Director of the Visual Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts Foundation.
Benny Andrews has also been an activist for African-American artists since the 1960's when he moved to New York. He helped to found an organization called the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition in 1969 in response to what many artists considered the condescending "Harlem on My Mind" exhibition mounted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He continued to exhibit leadership in the arts by instituting outreach programs during the early 1980's in prisons, schools, and small towns in the United States.
He has participated in solo and group exhibitions across America since 1959 and has permanent collections at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga; the Hirshorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institute, Wash., D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; and the O'Hara Museum in Tokyo, Japan, to name a few.
In addition to his solo art work, Benny Andrews has been a guest curator; an illustrator for several books; and an author of numerous articles. He has collaborated with his brother, Raymond his father, George, and his mother, Viola on different projects.
Mr. Andrews still travels to Georgia periodically to paint and continues to exhibit and lecture throughout the world.
This collection consists of many exhibit programs; catalogs; periodical articles about the artist and his influences; and "information about other family members and their contributions to the art world.
Item, series, Benny Andrews papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
The collection at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History was donated by Mr. Andrews in 1992.
There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.
Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.
Benny Andrews and Nene Humphrey papers, Special Collections, Woodruff Library, Emory University.
Series I: Exhibit Programs, 1975-1992
|1||1||Exhibit Programs, Announcements, 1975 - 1987, 23 items|
|2||Exhibit Programs, Announcements, 1988, 8 items|
|3||Exhibit Programs, Announcements, 1989 - 1990, 19 items|
|4||Calendar-style Announcements, 1989 - 1991, 2 items|
|5||Exhibit Programs, Announcements, 1992, 7 items|
|6||Postcards, 11 items|
|7||Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (Benny Andrews; co-founder), 4 items|
|8||Gallery Guides, 1989 1990, 8 items|
|8||Exhibit Booklets, 1981 1987 1988 1992, 8 items|
|9||Autographed Exhibit Catalog, 1984, 1 item|
|10||Exhibits Curated or Hosted by Benny Andrews, 4 items|
|11||Artistic Organizations' Bulletins, 1989 1992, 3 items|
|12||Benny Andrews and other family members (George Andrews, Raymond Andrews, and Viola P. Andrews), 7 items|
|13||Exhibit Programs, Announcements, no date (n.d.)|
Series II: Periodical Articles, 1971-1992
|2||1||Periodical Articles, 1971 - 1975|
|2||Periodical Articles, 1976 - 1979|
|3||Periodical Articles, 1981 - 1989|
|4||Periodical Articles, 1990 - 1992|
|5||Periodical Articles -, No date|
|6||Articles by Benny Andrews|
Series III: Posters, 1980
|1 poster announcing an exhibit hosted by the African American Master Artists Residence Program of Northeastern University, Jan. 6, 1980 - Feb. 9, 1980 is shelved in the oversize drawers in the Archives Division Stack area. "Georgia Remembered" Series 1976 is the picture on the poster|