Dear Friends of the AUC Art Collective:

This has been a busy spring semester at the AUC Art Collective! We recently hosted our second Virtual Career Week to resounding success! Sessions can be viewed on our YouTube channel. In April, we welcome our third and final Distinguished Lecturer of the year, Morehouse alumnus, Dr. Richard J. Powell. We have many exclusive events coming up with Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY, including lectures and an exciting Innovation Challenge. I look forward to being in conversation with Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College, about the popular HBO Special Black Art: In the Absence of Light on April 28. Our students have been hard at work in the classroom as well as in planning their summer internships. We’re pleased to announce our first graduating class in May and look forward to sharing their future career paths! We have lots more in store for you this spring at the AUC Art Collective!

Stay safe and connected,
Dr. Cheryl Finley
Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor
Department of Art & Visual Culture, Spelman College

The third Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Distinguished Lecture of the academic year features Richard J. Powell, Ph.D., Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University, discussing The Price of Blackness: African American Art in the New Century. This lecture explores how recent years have brought to the forefront both black exceptionalism and black vulnerability: a contradiction that, from the sky-rocketing auction prices attained from works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, David Hammons, and Kerry James Marshall, to the ignoble number of African American homicides by law enforcement, characterized contemporary black life and art at the outset of a new era.

Join us Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. EST! 

APPLY NOW!! The priority deadline is APRIL 1st!

Join us LIVE + ONLINE for one-on-one questions,
WED Mar 31, 6pm-7pm EST!

Join a live info session!
Learn more + APPLY NOW!
Sotheby’s Institute of Art + AUC Art Collective Partner Events

4/13 5PM EST
Beyoncé, Jay Z & Making $ense of the Art Market, a lecture with Dr. Cheryl Finley

4/22 - 4/24
Black Art Futures Innovation Challenge
Join us on April 16th at 12pm EST on IG LIVE!
about the book: A kaleidoscopic survey of black satire in 20th- and 21st-century American art. In this groundbreaking study, Richard J. Powell investigates the visual forms of satire produced by black artists in 20th- and 21st-century America. Underscoring the historical use of visual satire as antiracist dissent and introspective critique, Powell argues that it has a distinctly African American lineage.
Order your copy of the book here!
Thank you to those who joined us for our
 Spring 2021 Virtual Career Week!

We brought together leading professionals and hosted career-related talks for students planning their careers in the arts and culture industry.
View Career Week conversations here!

a read:
Virtual museum law conference shows how the pandemic has affected institutional administration

From dealing with cyberattacks on newly implemented digital offerings to figuring out how to renegotiate a postponed loan, the coronavirus has raised a whole new crop of issues for museums

SEMC is planning to launch a student resources page and wanted to get feedback from our students about how they can build this add-on with the best interest of future and emerging museum professionals.
Please take 2-3 minutes to complete a brief survey about your thoughts on how SEMC can improve your opportunities within the museum world. It is their goal to continue to explore and celebrate the power of bringing people together in a variety of ways to advance our organizations, our field, and our missions. 
Click the image or the button below to participate.
Take the survey!
Speak with your advisor to prepare for Fall 2021 course registration! 
Fall 2021 courses are listed! Schedule an advising session today with Dr. Cheryl Finley or Dr. Bernida Webb-Binder to discuss the best courses for you!
Learn more about our courses!
Sotheby's Institute of Art  +
Spelman College Collective Futures Scholarship
Through the partnership established between the AUC Art Collective + Sotheby's Institute of Art last year, graduating seniors in art history and curatorial studies are eligible to apply for one full-tuition scholarship to support graduate studies. Apply for the following programs: MA in Art Business, Contemporary Art or Fine and Decorative Art and Design. The scholarship deadline is May 3rd. APPLY NOW!!
Click here to learn more + APPLY!
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The Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective is the first and only undergraduate program in the nation specifically designed to educate the next generation of visual arts professionals of color.

With the generous support of the Alice L. Walton Foundation, we offer a major in
Art History and minors in Curatorial Studies and Art History to students at
Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

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