The Land, the Environment, and the African Diaspora (Upper Gallery)

january 29 - april 26, 2024

This spring 2024 semester, we are proud to announce we will present a student art exhibition titled, The Land, the Environment and the African Diaspora.  This exhibition is a partnership with theThe Lola Hampton-Frank Pinder Center for Agroecology The Hampton-Pinder Center for Agroecology serves to provide an interdsciplinary space and think tank for training, developing, and building a sustainable future for Black regenerative farmers and land stewards. 

Florida A&M University is a land grant university established in in 1887 and in 1891 received funding from the Morrill Act establishing it as an agricultural and mechanical arts college. 

This exhibition will examine the themes around the environment and agroecology, (which includes our human production and consumption practices), and how these essential elements of our world impact us culturally, historically, socially, and many other ways.  Participating students were invited to share their artwork focusing on their relationship with the land, the environment, and the African Diaspora. 


Graduating Spring Senior Art Exhibition 

APRIL 1 - APRIL 26, 2024
Opening reception Thursday, April 4, 2024

This April we will present our Graduating Senior Art Exhibition.  Stay tuned when we announce our class of 2024 art graduates and their respective senior art capstone exhibitions!




The Faculty Art Exhibition (Main Galleries)

Florentine Sketchbook (Lower Gallery exhibit)

The Gallery Members' Exhibit (Lower Gallery exhibit)

september 11 - december 8, 2023

We are proud to present the Faculty Art Exhibition, featuring a brilliant array of former and current FAMU art and architecture faculty’s works of art. The Faculty Art Exhibition will be on view from September 11 through December 8, 2023.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception, Thursday, September 14, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

The Faculty Art Exhibition celebrates the achievements of the featured faculty and recognizes the history of the art program and its current and past faculty.  Featured faculty are Kabuya Bowens-Saffo, Valerie Goodwin, Nan Liu, Anthony Hayes, Nasab Maxim, and Harris Wiltsher.

We are also presenting two smaller exhibits during this time in the lower galleries.  The two smaller exhibits are firsts for our gallery.  The First Annual Members’ Exhibit features the artwork of Foster-Tanner Art Gallery members. As the title suggests, the Members’ Exhibit will continue each year featuring our growing number of member artists.  The second exhibit is  Florentine Sketchbook, a collection of studies and personal work created by FAMU art student Haley Wilson (c/o 2024) during her study in Florence, Italy in 2022.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and is free and open to the public.


Graduating Senior Art Exhibition | SPRING 2023

Featuring Kala Way and Jude Jones
APRIL 3 - APRIL 28, 2023

senior art exhibition flyer

Nearly each semester, the FAMU Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery presents the Graduting Senior Art Exhibition.  This exhibition features the capstone art series of program graduates.  This spring, we are proud to present Visual Art seniors Kala Way (Jacksonville, Fla) and Jude Jones (Washington, D.C.) April 3 - April 28, 2023 in the gallery. Way and Jones are exhibiting their respective series, Outside the Garden and REM Diaries in the Lower-Level Gallery. 

Way said her paintings in Outside the Garden, "highlights the impact that Adam and Eve's sin have on gender roles." Jones' REM Diaries series examines the persona within her dreams and invites the viewer to reconsider how they process their own subconscious thoughts and emotions. 

The public is invited to attend the opening reception, Thursday, April 6, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Way and Jones will present an art talk about their paintings, starting at 5:30 p.m. 


Elevation from Within: Art at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

january 23 - may 5, 2023


Elevation from Within: Art at Historically Black Colleges and Universities presents a historically and culturally impressive selection of original works of art by Black artists spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.  Elevation from Within is curated by Dr. Leo Twiggs. A native of St. Stephen, South Carolina and Claflin University alumnus (1956). Elevation from Within pays homage to HBCU alumni and professors whose educational backgrounds chronicle a vital chapter of American history and whose aesthetic achievements have made an indelible mark on this nation’s art.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served as stewards of visual art by Black artists since the early 20th century.  This curated collection features works drawn from the Johnson Collection’s holdings of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. On view are works by 20th- and 21st-century artists John Biggers, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, James Herring, James Porter, Alma Thomas, Leo Twiggs, Charles White, Ellis Wilson, Benny Andrews, and Hale Woodruff.

This exhibition speaks both to and of the curator's own experiences. Twiggs stated, “For African Americans living in a segregated society, the sources for our creative expression came from within. Our hardships are expressed in our blues, our many moods in our jazz, and our relationship to God in our spirituals. Painting, sculpture, and dance became a way to express all of it visually.” “My paintings always express my personal journey. It is only through the humanity of the personal that expression is elevated to the universal.”

The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.   


With Roots Deep, Foliage Thrives: A Vision of Chinese Artists in American Academia

november 8 - december 2, 2022

across the divide


This exhibition presents a survey on the artworks created by a group Chinese artists teaching in American universities.  The project Across the Divide is a platform where this group of artists and scholars meet with their counterparts in American universities creativein sharing their  research and academic experiences.  Through organized exhibitions, symposiums, and international exchange activities, this group of artists has created an Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia, and call for participation from its members across the country in sharing their artistic experiences in both academic teaching and personal creativities.  Reflecting their heritages rooted in the richness of thousands of years of Chinese history and artistic traditions, these artists strive to bring the East and the West closer not only through their teaching engagements, but also in exhibitions as a form of representation in open dialogues with general publics.  

Featured Artists: Xun Chi I Xia Gao I Yu Ji l Lin Xia Jiang l JunCheng Liu l Nan Liu l Qing Liu l Aihua Z. Pearce l Joe Ren l Xuhong Shang l Liqin Tan l Howard Tran l Peter Tong Xiao l Rebecca Ruige Xu l Shencheng Xu l Renqian Yang l Li Zhang l Naijun Zhang l Weimin Zhang l Xiaohong Zhang l Kio Zhu l Yingxue Zuo


IN WHAT WE SEE: A Printmaker's Response



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We are excited to announce our first exhibition of the fall 2022 semester.  IN WHAT WE SEE: A Printmaker's Response features 12 contemporary Black printmakers and some of their most recent work.  Curated by FAMU Professor of Art and printmaker, Harris Wiltsher, this exhibition seeks to show the dynamism of print media through the eyes of African and African American printmakers. 
Curator’s Statement: Printmaking, an ever-evolving media, has a long tradition of printmakers of color like Bob Blackburn, John Muafangejo, Elizabeth Catlett, Leon Hicks, Howard Smith, Dox Thrash and others. In this quest, this exhibition seeks to uncover the artist’s perspective of the world around them through technique and context.  These artists are unique in their approach of printmaking, lending to opening the “eyes” and soul of the viewer. Eyes are said to be the “windows of the soul” thereby these same eyes of an art maker capture the essence of what surrounds them daily.
Featured Artists: Chloe Alexander, Jamaal Barber, Ricky Dyaloyi, Kenneth Falana, Justyne Fischer, Latoya Hobbs, Robin Holder, Tenjin Ikeda, Soloman Isekeije, Tracy Murrell, Carl Richardson, and Harris Wiltsher


Unlimited, Unbound: Selections from FAMU Affiliated Artists

june 1 - july 1, 2022
exhibition poster

The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery proudly presents artworks created by FAMU affiliated artists in UnlimitedUnbound (i.e., faculty, alumni, and current students) in our June exhibition. It is an integral aspect of the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery to feature FAMU-affiliated artists who have contributed much to the goals and mission of the visual art program over the years and inspired generations of artists.

UnlimitedUnbound exemplifies the extensive art styles coming out of the FAMU visual art program and the seven featured affiliated artists. Featuring paintings, mixed media, printmaking, and Chinese brush drawings, the exhibition also showcases everyday figurative subject matter and abstract works of cultural and historical relevance.

The FAMU Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery serves as a teaching gallery whereby our primary goal is to provide an environment for students of all disciplines and visitors of all backgrounds to encounter various visual art mediums, styles, themes, and topics welcoming them to explore the full range of what the visual arts provide: critical thinking, cultural concepts and criticisms, aesthetics and so much more. We cordially invite you to visit and view the artworks from the minds and hearts of our FAMU artists for the month of June.


Virtual Exhibition: The Conscience Collective