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Fort Wayne Museum of Art pays tribute to African American artists

Some people use poetry or music to tell a story and others use a paint brush. African American artists past and present work will be on display this month at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 8:09 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2018 10:15 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is highlighting African American artists that made contributions to the art world from as early as 1940 through present day.

"For the month of February we chose four major African American artists of the 20th century, and we are focusing on work on each of those artists each of the four weeks of the exhibit," Amanda Shepard said.

The theme for the exhibit is  "Figures to Remember: The Human Form in Major African American Works."

Shepard said everything you see has a connection.

"They all use the human form as their main communication tool for what they were trying to say with their work," she added.

Marlene Cooper stopped by the museum with her daughter and they are seeing the exhibit for the first time.

"When you go through this exhibit it makes you understand the human feature of the people that painted and did the sculptures in there and how talented they are. It's so strong you go home thinking about it I'm sure,"Cooper said.

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