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Continuing the Legacy of African American Artist Robert S. Duncanson

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a breadth of artistic disciplines. The program honors the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson and his patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art. Each year, the selected artist works directly with the public and with area schools.

 

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Submit by Friday, August 14, 2020

2019 Artist-in-Residence

Ya’Ke Smith was selected as the Taft's 2019 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. Known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, he is a rising voice in independent cinema. Smith's films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at more than 90 film festivals. He currently writes and directs television content for AMS Pictures and the REELZ Network and serves as an associate professor of film at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The Duncanson Society

The Robert S. Duncanson Society was founded in 1986 by Doris Rankin Sells, William Joel McCray, and Ruth K. Meyer to affirm an ongoing African American presence within the structure of the Taft Museum of Art, including the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, and to celebrate Robert S. Duncanson’s artistic contributions.

 

Interested in learning more about the Duncanson Society? Contact darcoordinator@taftmuseum.org 

Past Duncanson Artists-in-Residence

2018 | Vanessa German: visual and performance artist

2017 | Stafford C. Berry Jr.: choreographer, dancer

2016 | Carla Cook: jazz vocalist

2015 | Alysia Nicole Harris, poet 

2014 | Laci Coppins: photographer

2013 | Diane Macklin: storyteller

2012 | Nikkole Salter: actor/playwright

2011 | Adrienne Danrich: soprano; John Blake Jr.: jazz violinist; Tracy Walker: singer-songwriter

2010 | Nokuthula Ngwenyama: violist

2009 | Brian Joiner: painter

2008 | Sandra Cardoso Muendane: fashion designer

2007 | Keith Josef Adkins: playwright

2006 | 20th Anniversary

2005 | Thom Shaw: printmaker

2004 | Melvin Grier: photographer

2003 | Annie Ruth: spoken word

2002 | William Menefield: jazz piano

2001 | La-Vaune Henry: soprano

2000 | Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company

1999 | Charlotte Blake Alston: storyteller

1998 | Sharon M. Draper: author

1997 | John Blake, Jr.: jazz violinist

1996 | Dhana Bradley-Morton: actress

1995 | Frederick A. Wallace: conservator

1993 | Tarleton Blackwell: painter

1992 | Sebronette Barnes: soprano

1991 | William Greaves: documentary filmmaker

1990 | Michael Harper: poet

1989 | Tyrone Geter: painter

1988 | Kathy Wade: jazz vocalist

1987 | William de Valentine: opera singer

1986 | Nikki Giovanni: poet

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