African American Museum presents Best In Show – Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition

Compiled over 45 years, the exhibition features 24 works from a national biennial juried competition whose goal is to promote Black artists and help build the Museum’s permanent collection; 2022 artist submissions are being accepted now through Oct. 31

Special to The Dallas Examiner


The African American Museum will present “Best in Show – Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition,” showcasing a selection of award-winning works from 1976-2021. Reflecting Black American conditions and traditions, the exhibition will feature themes addressing politics, family values, identity and religion.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition is on view now through Dec. 1 at the museum, located in historic Fair Park at 3536 Grand Ave.

The exhibition consists of 24 works by artists including Sedrick Huckaby of Texas, Charles Humes Jr. of Florida, Jeremy Biggers of Texas, Billy Colbert of Virginia, Asia Youngs-Bailey of Texas and Reginald Gammon of New Mexico.

The paintings, drawings and mixed media are part of the permanent collections at the museum.

The initiative began in 1976 when the museum introduced the Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition, which answered the museum’s need to build a distinguished art collection and to provide Black artists in the region a venue to showcase their work.

Over the years, the competitive exhibition attracted the attention of artists beyond its geographical boundaries. In 1999, the museum’s board renamed the biennial competition to honor of Carroll Harris Simms’ outstanding contributions to art and art education.

Simms, who died in 2010 at the age of 86, was a master sculptor and ceramist, painter, jeweler and author. He was a distinguished professor and educator who helped shape Texas Southern University’s art department as well as the careers of many acclaimed Texas artists.

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Contest entry

The museum is accepting artist entries for the 2022 competition now through Oct. 31. Artists may submit entries and search “Carroll Harris Simms.” For more information, email Gerald Leavell at The winning selections will be made by Nov. 13 and will be featured in the exhibition.


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