Eight years ago, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated formed a partnership with the goal of presenting an exhibition that would spotlight works of art created by students attending Louisiana’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and provide an opportunity to celebrate those artists. Since then, the HBCU Art Showcase has been presented annually in the Museum’s Education Gallery, a space designated to honor the teaching of art and works created by students in the Southern region of the United States. To date, over 100 HBCU artists from Louisiana’s five HBCUs have participated in the annual showcase.
The 2021 HBCU Art Showcase features artwork by students from Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana.
The HBCU Art Showcase has become a highlight in Ogden Museum’s exhibition calendar and an important component in the advancement towards racial equity.