UmuseTxsu News 2020

Texas Southern University Art Alum LaStarsha Dee McGarity 

featured on CBS Sunday news for her restoration work on the diorama

 “The Surveying of Washington, DC by Benjamin Banneker”now at Tuskegee University’s Legacy Museum.

LaStarsha completed several internships and conservation workshops as a student at the University Museum and currently holds a prestigious conservation fellowship at the Washington National Gallery of Art.

On why Banneker is a key figure...
Benjamin Banneker born in 1731 was an African American author, publisher, scientist, farmer, mathematician, astronomer, and urban planner. He published six almanacs, which included commentaries and literature. He sent a copy of his works to Thomas Jefferson, along with a letter directly challenging Jefferson’s ideas about the supposed mental inferiority of people of African descent. Also, having only seen a sundial and pocket-watch, Benjamin Banneker constructed a striking clock almost entirely of wood, based on his own drawings and calculations.

“The Surveying of Washington, DC by Benjamin Banneker" is one, in a series of thirty-three dioramas created under the direction of artist Charles Dawson, for exhibition at the 1940 American Negro Exposition. One of the first major displays, celebrating the enormous contributions of African Americans, to the development and wealth of the United States. Twenty of these dioramas were given to Tuskegee University, immediately following the exhibition and, displayed at the George Washington Carver Museum. Later they became part of the collection of the Legacy Museum, opened in 2009, to honor and serve as a memorial for the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

Under the initiative headed by Dr. Jontyle Robinson, curator of The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee University, and Dr. Caryl McFarlane, Executive Consultant of the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Galleries.
Other dioramas are currently being treated or undergoing conservation at various museums and university programs, as a part of this diversification effort meant to encourage students of color, to pursue a career in art conservation or related fields.

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Director & Curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern, Dr.Alvia Wardlaw

Featured in Forbes Magazine - August of 2020

As one of the Top Five African American women in the Art world, you should know according to Alaina Simone.


Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Art Historian/Lecturer/Museum Director/Curator, has a long and storied career. After being the first African American to receive a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Wardlaw went on to organize many historic exhibitions including Black Art Ancestral Legacy: the African Impulse in African American Art, which was shown at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1989, and The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, which was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2002.


Currently, Dr. Wardlaw is a professor of art history at Texas Southern University, and the curator of the University Museum.

From Simone: “I met Dr. Wardlaw in 2008 when I was working in a Chelsea art gallery. Dr. Wardlaw casually walked into the gallery with Tina Knowles, and gave an impromptu curatorial walkthrough of the current exhibition on display. I loved her “coolness” and how she nonchalantly helped me sell a couple of pieces by Brazilian artist, Heloissa Pomfret, without batting an eye.”

Check out the article by Brieanna Walsh here

TSU Art Alumni Early Hudnall Jr featured in Time magazine in August 2020,

for his excellent work documenting historically Black neighborhoods in Houston for over 40 years.


'I'm Just Trying to Photograph Life as I See It.' Earlie Hudnall Jr. 

TSU Art Alumni Early Hudnall Jr was featured in Time magazine in August 2020 for his excellent work documenting historically Black neighborhoods in Houston for over 40 years.


Long before George Floyd’s death, Earlie Hudnall Jr. was photographing the neighborhood where Floyd grew up. Houston’s Third Ward, like many Black enclaves, has suffered the long-term effects of systemic racism and inequity. But Hudnall, who has been documenting several historically Black neighborhoods in Houston for more than 40 years, does not focus on the hardships of poverty. Instead, his photos capture the everyday lives of residents, filled with moments of beauty and joy. “People need to know that you see things within what they call ‘the ghetto,’” says Hudnall. “It’s home where kids and people have to survive and live and coexist together.”

Read the article here ---…/houston-historically-black-neighborhoods/