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Continuing the Legacy of Artist Robert S. Duncanson

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary Black American artists working in a breadth of artistic disciplines. The program honors the relationship between painter Robert S. Duncanson and Cincinnati art patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art. The Taft Museum of Art’s Robert S. Duncanson Society annually recognizes the achievements of a contemporary Black American artist through the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.

Meet our 2024 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence

Tunde WeyApril 13–27, 2024

Tunde Wey, 2024 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. Photo Provided by Jonathan Peterson

Tunde Wey, 2024 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. Photo Provided by Jonathan Peterson

Tunde Wey is a Nigerian immigrant artist, writer, and chef working at the intersection of food and the political economy. His work engages systems of power from the vantage point of the marginalized other, focusing particularly on how economics and finance impact the working-class Black community globally. Wey uses art, media, food, and dining spaces to confront disparities in material conditions and attempts interventions to address these socially constructed inequalities.  


The Duncanson Society

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

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Past Duncanson Artists-in-Residence

2023 | Anita Graef; cellist

2022 | Ajanae Dawkins: writer, performer, educator

2021 | Asha Ama Bias-Daniels: fashion designer

2019 | Ya'Ke Smith: filmmaker

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


Residence Sponsors

The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Artist Accommodations

Generously provided by Morgan and Eddie Rigaud

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