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Virtual Discussion: "Emma Amos: Color Odyssey"

Emma Amos Virtual Panel Image

Join Curator Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, in a Zoom conversation with scholars, artists and curators in conjunction with the exhibition “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey.” Sign up at

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Emma Amos (1937 – 2020) was a distinguished painter and printmaker. She is best known for her bold and colorful mixed-media paintings that create visual tapestries in which she examines the intersection of race, class, gender and privilege in both the art world and society at large. This survey exhibition will include approximately 60 works from the beginnings of her career to the end of it, reflecting her experiences as a painter, printmaker, and weaver. Her large-scale canvases often incorporate African fabrics and semiautobiographical content, which are drawn from her personal odyssey as an artist, her interest in icons in art and world history and her sometimes tenuous engagement with these themes as a woman of color.

Panelists include:

  • Laurel Garber, Park Family Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Diane Edison, professor of drawing and painting, Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA
  • and Phoebe Wolfskill, associate professor, departments of American studies and African American and African Diaspora studies, Indiana University 

This event is presented in partnership with the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts as part of the 2021 Global Georgia Initiative public events series.

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