Sisterhood: Black Women Artists

SISTERHOOD: Black Women Artists at Calabar Gallery

A collection of work honoring the memory of Margaret Rose Vendryes

In Memory of Margaret Rose Vendryes, I decided to honor the Sisterhood of Black Artists she supported through the her life in art. In talking to her wife, the importance of keeping her work and spirit of joy, sisterhood, community and mentorship was vital and one way was to gather and  present work for sale by Black Women Artists on our website for the month of April. As a gallery, just like Margaret, we are constantly reaching out to artists especially the work of Black Women Artists to place their work through all our exhibitions, auctions and for our participation at art fairs. In reviewing our website of 20 pages, our curatorial choices celebrate their work, their techniques and stories they tell. Please join us beginning this week to celebrate women and the life of Margaret Rose Vendryes. We were intentional of not doing this as part of women’s history month. We wanted to honor the present, today, and the future Black Women Artists we work with. You can help our online and email event by buying a piece today. Please Help us advocate for the growth and support of the work of Black women artists.

Margaret Rose Vendryes was an art historian, visual artist, and curator.  She received her BA in fine arts from Amherst College, MA in art history from Tulane University, and Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University. Among several honors, Vendryes was an American Association of University Women Fellow and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2008, University Press of Mississippi published Vendryes’ book Barthé, A Life in Sculpture, the first comprehensive monograph on the late African American sculptor Richmond Barthé. The African Diva Project, a multimedia body of work that reveals Vendryes’ engagement with African art and aesthetics and its intersection with Black celebrities and visual culture. The Project began in 2005 and has grown to over 75 works of art including paintings on canvas and paper, digital compositions, collage, interactive installation, and outdoor art exhibitions. Vendryes was Professor of Art History, Performing and Fine Arts and Director of the Fine Arts Gallery at York College, City University of New York.


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