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In partnership with the Savannah Music Festival, Telfair Museums presents a conversation between renowned photographer Frank Stewart and art collector Dr. Walter Evans. Join us for a special evening celebrating the exhibition, Frank Stewart’s Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present.

Guests are invited to a book signing of the exhibition catalog, Frank Stewart’s Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Frank Stewart

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Frank Stewart grew up in Memphis and Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a student of Garry Winogrand and received a BFA in photography from The Cooper Union in New York, where he studied with Roy DeCarava. Stewart became the assistant and photographer to the artist Romare Bearden after the two met in 1975 while filming the documentary Two Centuries of Black American Art, a project organized by David C. Driskell. Stewart has exhibited photographs at The High Museum, Atlanta; Cooper Union Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research, the International Center of Photography, in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; and Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. He was a member of the first team of North American journalists invited by the Center for Cuban Studies to visit Cuba in 1977. He was also invited by the Los Angeles Olympic Committee to photograph the 1984 Summer Olympics. He has twice been granted a photographic fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a New York Creative Artist Public Service Award. He is a member of Kamoinge, an African-American photography collective based in New York. For three decades, he photographed the renowned performers for Jazz at Lincoln Center.

About Dr. Walter O. Evans

Dr. Evans, a Savannah-born surgeon, began collecting African American art in the late 1970s while living in Detroit, Michigan. Guided by his own studies and by conversations with knowledgeable dealers, he purchased historical works by Black artists. Evans’ initial motivation was for his twin daughters to see examples of Black creativity and achievement, given the lack of inclusivity and diversity in most museums at that time. Through his collecting, Evans developed friendships with many artists and also began to acquire documents, books, and letters by important Black cultural and political figures. By 1991, the breadth of their collection inspired the Evans family to share these treasures more widely. Through the encouragement of Savannah civil rights leader and family friend W. W. Law, an exhibition of key works from the Evans collection was presented at the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center. The show sparked national and international recognition and, managed by Linda Evans, it traveled for 16 years to 50 museums.

After retirement, Dr. Evans moved back to Savannah and sought opportunities for the collection to make an impact on his hometown. These included the donation in 2005 of a large group of artworks to the Savannah College of Art and Design, consultation on SCAD’s creation of the Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies at the SCAD Museum of Art (opened in 2011), and coordination with the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation for the establishment of endowed lecture series at both Telfair Museums and SCAD. These two annual lectures, free to the public, bring to Savannah leading Black artists and top scholars on African American art, often in conjunction with museum exhibitions. Evans also founded Telfair’s Friends of African American Arts in 2006, a member group that provides educational and social programs and organizes exhibitions of community artwork at Telfair and other Savannah venues.

 

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Frank Stewart's Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present

Jepson Center
Frank Stewart’s Nexus is the first major museum exhibition of photographer Frank Stewart’s work and centers on his sensitive and spontaneous approach to portraying world cultures and Black life in many forms—including music, art, travel, food, and dance. Organized into thematic groupings, the retrospective traces his explorations of life on the road and the trajectory of his stylistic journey, bringing together a comprehensive visual autobiography through over 100 black-and-white and color images.
exhibition

Frank Stewart's Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present

Jepson Center
Frank Stewart’s Nexus is the first major museum exhibition of photographer Frank Stewart’s work and centers on his sensitive and spontaneous approach to portraying world cultures and Black life in many forms—including music, art, travel, food, and dance. Organized into thematic groupings, the retrospective traces his explorations of life on the road and the trajectory of his stylistic journey, bringing together a comprehensive visual autobiography through over 100 black-and-white and color images.
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