College in Georgia Receives Major Donation of African-American Art

Piano Lesson

by Romare Bearden

The Savannah College of Art and Design recently received a donation of 70 pieces of African-American art from the collection of Linda and Walter Evans. Walter Evans is an accomplished African-American surgeon who began collecting art in 1979.

The donation, valued between $7 million and $10 million, includes works from Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Aaron Douglas. As part of the agreement, the college will establish the Walter O. Evans Center for African-American Studies. The mission of the new center will be to foster an appreciation for African-American art and literature among young children.

Blacks make up about 5 percent of the 5,700-member student body at the Savannah College of Art and Design.


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