Small Black Museum Residency Project Vol. II - March 16-July 29, 2023

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Featuring the work of Alexiz Hunter, Elisha Luckkett, and Elizabeth Hudson

The Small Black Museum residency project is a three-month residency for three artists to develop new artwork and engage in professional development initiatives offered through the program. This residency program supports and promotes both established and emerging artists of African descent who are largely underrepresented in institutions. Join us for the opening reception Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 5-8PM.

More about the 2022-2023 SBM resident artists:

Alexis Hunter 

Alexis Hunter is an identity-based, multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Austin, TX. She earned a BFA from Texas State University in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and graduated summa cum laude in 2022. Recent solo and group exhibitions include BINARY (Who Do You Belong To?), ICOSA Collective Gallery, Austin, TX (2021); Own it, examine it, and confront it head on, DORF, Austin, TX (2021); Alexis Hunter, at BRICK at Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX (2021); Collective Thoughts, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA (2023);. She was selected for the third edition of Big Medium’s LINE Residency (2022) and Vol. 2 of the George Washington Carver Museum's Small Black Museum Residency (2022). She is also the newest member of the ICOSA Collective as well as a painting instructor at The Contemporary Austin's Art School at Laguna Gloria. Hunter is the founder of Others, an ongoing publication project documenting the faces and stories of biracial individuals in central Texas. Her work explores self-image through racial identity, mental health, the female body, and the male gaze. 

Elisha Luckett 

Elisha Luckett is a photographer, filmmaker and poet, born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His work, including his first exhibition, [solomon//thecircleUNBROKEN], explores the unified transience of place, as well as the shadow, sound and movement of Black spiritual life—using time, opacity, and community as a bedrock by which to bring Black people into new temporal & spatial relationships with each other and themselves. 

Elizabeth Hudson 

Elizabeth Hudson is a mixed-media surrealist painter from Dallas, Texas. She studied studio art at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and art history at the University of Texas at Austin. After leaving college, she created 30 commissioned murals for homeowners and businesses in Dallas, Scottsdale, and Culver City, before eventually returning to Austin to pursue painting as a professional career. She utilizes surrealism to create “mindscapes,” the combining of landscapes and abstraction where self-portraits and figures explore healing through abstract emotions in a Black American context.  


Small Black Museum Residency Project Vol. II Artist Talk, Saturday, March 25, 1-3PM

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Can't get enough of our Small Black Museum resident artists? Get to know them, learn more about their artistic process, and the vision behind each artist's body of work at the SBM Artist Talk on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 1-3PM! Space is limited to RSVP today!


Field Order 15: And Other Broken Promises

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Join us on Thursday, March 23, from 6-8PM at the Long Center's Gallery 701 for the closing reception of Field Order 15: And Other Broken Promises, a powerful satellite exhibit curated by Carver Museum ATX's, Carre Adams.

Field Order 15: And Other Broken Promises examines the paradox of American exceptionalism and the call for reparations. This exhibit engages artists of African descent around the concept of repair. Eleven artists were asked to consider what is required for America to atone for the continued denial of full citizenship to Black people and what repair would feel like in the body. Themes in the exhibit are presented through a series of short film-based vignettes devised around a series of prompts and displayed next to sculptural and two-dimensional works that explore repair, identity, and contradiction. Works by Alexis Hunter, Tia Boyd, Queen Deelah, Elizabeth Hudson, Kemi Yemi-Ese, Chris Hill, Moyo Oyelola, Joe Anderson, Carlton Wilcoxson, Elisha Luckett, and Hakeem Adewumi. 

Free and open to the public. RSVP Here. 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704



History, culture and art exhibits curated to educate and inspire. The Carver Museum has a core exhibit, two rotating art galleries, and four permanent exhibits honoring African-Americans in Austin and beyond.

Images of attendees viewing the Presence exhibit

The African-American Presence in 19th Century Texas

The George Washington Carver Museum proudly presents its new core exhibit, The African American Presence in 19th Century Texas.

Presence succeeds the previous exhibit, Juneteenth: a Celebration of Freedom (installed in 2005), and highlights the transition from African civilizations, to bonded servitude, to a precious but ever so fragile freedom in the United States of America.

Presence has five different sections: the African Impulse in African American Culture, Slavery in Texas, African Americans in Texas Politics, Freedmen’s Communities of Texas, and Juneteenth.

The exhibit is a dynamic multi-sensory experience for visitors that is structured to grow over time in response to ongoing research. Presence was built to evolve, just as Africans Americans have for generations.



Families Gallery

Our permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families highlights 10 families who have contributed greatly to the Central Texas landscape. From the area’s first black settlements to some of this generation’s strongest community leaders, this interactive gallery explores the history of Austin’s African-American community and allows guests to present their own family stories for all to see.

Artifacts from the Austin Families Gallery

L.C. Anderson High School Exhibit

Old L.C. Anderson High School and her alumnae. Anderson High School was the school that African Americans went to prior to integration in the Austin Community. This exhibit spotlights the prestige and accomplishments of the student body in sports, music, and academia through artifacts, oral histories, and yearbook imagery.

Artifacts from L. C. Anderson High School Exhibit

Freedom Plaza

Freedom Plaza is home to the Juneteenth Memorial Sculpture Monument, which opened to the public on June 27, 2015.  It is made up of five bronze figures that represent the story of Juneteenth and a paved timeline of the Black Presence in the Americas—from the Middle Passage to the Emancipation Proclamation that leads to the Bell of Freedom. The Juneteenth Sculptures were created by Eddie Dixon and Austin native, Adrienne Rison Isom.

Statues in the Freedom Plaza

Children's Gallery

The Children’s Gallery, entitled Let’s Pretend Dr. Carver!, is a hands-on look at famous African-American scientists and inventors. Children can  learn about some of history’s most creative minds while seeing that they, too, can achieve great things when they put their own minds to work. We invite all visitors to become an inventor for a day!

Portrait of George Washington Carver


Small Black Museum Residency Volume I

four photographs in a grid, one of a portrait of a man on an orange wall, one angled shot of a group of black and white photographs on a white wall, one of a painting of a man against a yellow background hung on a blue wall, and one of a pink pillar in the foreground in front of a projected screen with text "begin again?"

featuring Temi Olujobi, Hypatia Sorunke, and Adrian Armstrong

This exhibition is a culmination of the Museum's first artist residency. Learn more about the inaugural cohort below:  

Temitope Olujobi: Nigerian-American Architect turned Game Designer originally from the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. They began their indulgence into all things 3D and digital art in the Second Life modification community making freakishly delightful virtual dwellings for some very eccentric gamers. Their desire to visualize the endless possibilities of future worlds has informed much of the digital artwork they have crafted in their career.

Hypatia Sorunke: Writer and visual storyteller whose work explores the links between culture, humanity, and power. Through portraiture, sound design, and video they reveal the many connections between nature and identity. This body of work creates space for deep reflection and hope. In a time where there are national conversations around land sovereignty, statehood, and citizenship—Sorunke creates space for their unique experience in America’s evolving landscape.

Adrian Armstrong: Musician, painter, printmaker, and mixed-media artist from Omaha, Nebraska. Now based in Austin, Adrian’s work explores Black identities and the perception of Black bodies in predominantly White American spaces. Some of the themes explored in Armstrong’s work include mental health, systematic oppression, and erasure, nostalgia, and personal development. 

Special Consideration: Lise Ragbir, Dr. Eddie Chambers, Dawn Okoro, Studio Dzo, Dr. Awa Jhanga, Kahron Spearman, Kendyll Gross, Riley Reed, Dr. Moyo Okediji, Kaila Shedeen, Andrea Mellard, Shani Hebert, Eto Otitigbe, and Alissa McCain.

Perseverance: Works Inspired by the Word by Graylin Anderson

Portrait of Graylin Anderson

photo by Moyo Oyelola

Perserverance: Works Inspired by the Word

by Graylin Anderson

Featuring figurative works on paper and wood, Perseverance explores historical narratives of spirituality and resistance.

New Orleans-born Graylin Anderson began producing art in the late 1980s while serving in various branches of the United States Armed Forces. Before moving to Austin, Texas in 2002, Anderson’s work was exhibited in art galleries and museums in Georgia, including the Savannah Art Association Gallery and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. In recent years, Anderson’s works have been exhibited in Austin’s Black owned art spaces like Mitchie’s Gallery, founded by the late community leader Joyce Adejumo.

Majele (Venomous) by Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (AKIRASH)

Portrait of AKIRASH

photo by Moyo Oyelola

Majele (Venomous)


Impacted by the forced separation of children from their parents at the U.S. Mexico border, Majele (Venomous) asks us to reckon with this dark moment in time. How can we heal the wounds, drain the venom, and live together in mutual respect and dignity?

AKIRASH is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including the Innovative Artist Award from the Mid America Artist Alliance (MAAA / NEA), Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, Santo Foundation, and Commonwealth Connection Award UK.


Grooves from the Deep and the space math of George Clinton

dark blue banner with abstracted drawing and paintings and text: "Grooves from the Deep and the space math of George Clinton, March 10 2022 - June 19 2022"

We were honored to exhibit the work of funk icon, extraterrestrial, and AfrofuturistGeorge Clinton at the Carver Museum ATX.

Through mixed-media paintings, Clinton teleports viewers to the inner-outer spaces of his imagination. Cameos of the mothership, the atomic dog, and other popular funk iconography emerge through cosmic equations. Inspired by the things we cannot yet see or imagine from the vantage point of earth, Clinton explores the nature of humanity, non-linear space-time, and unmappability.

Drawing inspiration from his music, and the funk that moves through it, Clinton creates cosmic cheat codes, maps, and portals for those interested in freeing their minds. As both artist and alchemist, his work lives between the bizarre and whimsical .

Clinton, known primarily for his music, cited Motown‘s assembly line of sound as his inspiration. He gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded these ensembles during the ’70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. As a result of this synergistic approach to making music, Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelic are some of the most widely sampled musicians in the world.

Clinton’s distinguished career as a producer, writer, performer, and visual artist have stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as an art form unto itself. His music is rooted in the traditions of New Orleans and Blues of the Deep South. Clinton took Funk to new heights. Blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and Gospel into his productions, he developed an easily identifiable style affectionately called ‘P-Funk.’ Today, Clinton continues to evolve his creative expression, delving into the realm of visual art and expanding the horizons of his artistry.

Jamel Shabazz: Peace to the Queen

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Carver Museum Presents the First Career Retrospective of iconic photographer Jamel Shabazz: Peace to the Queen. 

Legendary photographer, humanitarian, and educator Jamel Shabazz presents his first career retrospective, Peace to the Queen at the Carver Museum. The exhibit spans four decades of work by the artist and features portraits of women of color that are candid, artful, and often intimate. At a moment when Black and Brown women are more visibly leading the charge around movements for racial and economic justice—Peace to the Queen has materialized and aligned at a critical moment in American history and Jamel Shabazz’s resurgent career.

Peace to the Queen signals a major turning point for the City of Austin-operated Carver Museum that has emerged as a formidable Black Arts institution in the Southwest region. Doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, Ja’nell Ajani is the lead curator of this groundbreaking collection of work by Jamel Shabazz. She is an alumna of Spelman College and has earned graduate degrees in African Studies and Studio Art/Photography from New York University.

Brooklyn native, Jamel Shabazz (b.1960) picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and began to document his peers. Inspired by photographers Leonard Freed, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and their compelling documentation of Black culture— he sought to build on the legacy of their work. Using the public spaces of New York City as his backdrop, Shabazz embarked on a journey to document and affirm the dignity of communities devastated by Reaganomics, the War on Drugs, and the continued criminalization of poor people. From this work, a hallmark style emerged along with some of his most iconic photographs.

Today, Jamel Shabazz’s work extends far beyond the public streets, parks, and subways of New York City and includes a robust portfolio of commercial, fashion, documentary, and fine art photography that has been exhibited around the world.

Moyo Oyelola: Department of the People Plus Process

Green Banner with Artist in Sailor Hat

Supervised by multimedia artist Moyo Oyelola, a new branch of the Department of the People Plus Process, under the Division of False Authority, is on view November 3, 2022 - February 25, 2023. 

"What does it mean to register your security, your car, and your life away to a greater authority? We all do it every day. Who does bureaucracy serve and does structure create or crush personal freedom? When does power become an enemy of progress?” questions interdisciplinary and performance-based artist Moyo Oyelola in his upcoming exhibit, The Department of the People + Process. 

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