Tritobia Benjamin, Ph.D.
American Art from the Howard University Collection
Serving as a study and research facility for the University and scholarly
community at large, the Howard University Gallery of Art offers rotating
exhibitions of national and international artists, augmented with selections
from the permanent collection in the galleries named for the first directors,
James V. Herring and James A. Porter, and the eminent professors Lois Mailou
Jones and James Lesesne Wells. The Irving Gumbel collection of prints by
European etchers, engravers, mezzotinters, and wood engravers of the 16th to
19th centuries was donated in 1963. This collection, approximately 350 works
on paper, contains prints by Rembrandt, Jacques Callot, Wenceslaus Hollar, and
engravers such as Heinrich Goltzius, Lucas van Leyden, the German “Little
Masters”, and many others. In 1990, 121 works from the Mrs. Beatrice
Cummings Mayer of Chicago were donated to the collection in memory of her late
husband, Robert Mayer. This gift expanded the holdings to include work from
Central and South Africa. The Howard University Gallery of Art’s collection
has grown to over 4,500 works. Its director is Dr. Tritobia Haynes Benjamin, a
graduate of Howard University, a Professor of Art History, and Associate Dean
of the Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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