African-American Artists
Beginning to Educate Americans About
African-American Art

The primary mission of African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans About African-American Art is to function as both an advocacy and educational group.

ABEA is comprised of artists and art supporters dedicated to contributing to cultural enrichment by educating communities about African-American art and artists, promoting African-American art, and additionally providing opportunities for all artists to work together for prosperity and growth.

ABEA artists are available for hire for art workshops, art forums, art lectures, and commissions.

Caroline Goyette’s June 2006 Shepherd Cover Story: “AfricanAmerican Artists on the Rise”

Along with artists that have created national reputations, there are several other Milwaukee based artists and many Abea members included in an exhibition at Peltz Gallery “Artists of Color” Paintings, Prints, Collage, Sculpture & Quilts by African American Artists.

ABEA members with a diverse aesthetic approaches in this exhibition are Chrystal Denise Gillon, Sonji Hunt, Mutoope J. Johnson, George Ray McCormick, Ras Ammar Nsoroma, Evelyn Patricia Terry and Della Wells.

A Most Powerful Political Form of Art
Project Row House

Calvin Greer
Calvin has a spectacular art gallery on the third floor of his Brewer’s Hill jewel of a home that features excellent art for holiday gifts.

ABEA Founder Della Wells at Charles Allis Art Museum From Now to July 9th

Della Wells’ exhibition, “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly,” opened at the Charles Allis Art Museum on Wednesday, May 10, 2006.

A self-taught artist, Della Wells lets her background in sociology, African-American studies and Women’s studies influence and inspire her artwork. Her use of bright colors in an oil pastel medium is vibrant and eye catching. Known throughout the nation, especially in the south, Wells as influenced many with her images of home and family, inspired from “personal folklore.”

This is her first solo exhibition at a museum - a major step. The Hurn Contemporary Folk Art Museum in Savannah, Georgia last month declared Wells one of the leading African American Folk Artists in the country after purchasing her work for their permanent collection.

Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly: Folktales by Della Wells

Pictures from Opening Night at

Della Wells

Reviewed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An exhibition on view through July 9 at the Charles Allis Art Museum

FREE with General Admission to the Museum: $5 Adults/$3 Seniors, Military and Students/FREE Members. Information: 414–278–8295.

Admission for Adults who are not members is $5. The museum, located at 1801 North Prospect (Royall and Prospect), focuses on Wisconsin Artists.

For more ABEA information contact
Della Wells at 414–264–5459

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