The Carroll Harris Simms Collection

At Texas Southern University, Simms made four sculptures for the campus and completed commissions from California to Nigeria.

An accomplished scholar, Simms co-wrote Black Art in Houston: The Texas Southern University Experience with Biggers and was awarded two consecutive Fulbright fellowships to study abroad.

​His exposure to the British Museum’s collection of Benin and Yoruba art influenced his sculpture and teaching methodology, and he continued his studies of West African art and culture while traveling to Nigeria on a Southern Fellowship grant in 1968.

He returned to West Africa in 1973, lecturing at universities in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria; and in 1977, when he participated in Festac ’77, a historic assembly of Pan-African artists.

Carroll Harris Simms Sculpture Plaza

At Texas Southern University

A Tradition of Music

Artist: Carroll Harris Simms Sculpture Plaza at Texas Southern University

A Tradition of Music (Plaque)

Artist: Carroll Harris Simms Texas Southern University Sculpture Plaza

Jonah and the Whale

Artist: Carroll Harris Simms Sculpture Plaza at Texas Southern University

Jonah and the Whale

Artist: Carroll Harris Simms Sculpture Plaza at Texas Southern University

The African Queen Mother (1968)

Artist: Carol Harris Simms Sculpture Plaza at Texas Southern University

The African Queen Mother

Artist : Carroll Harris Simms Sculpture Plaza at Texas Southern University

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