Dr. Alvia Wardlaw
Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw is the curator of the exhibit, Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art.
grew up in the historic neighborhood of Third Ward in Houston, Texas.
After graduating from Jack Yates High School she attended Wellesley College where she earned a B.A. in art history in 1969.
Ms. Wardlaw was awarded the M.A. in art history from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 1986.
It was 1989 when Ms. Wardlaw
was recognized as one of the leading African-American art historians in the country when she
was co-curator with Barry Gaither and Dr. Regena Perry of the watershed exhibition Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art for the Dallas Museum of Art
, Dallas, Texas.
The catalogue for this exhibition has become widely used in the art curriculums of colleges and universities in the United States.
In 1995 Ms. Wardlaw
organized The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room for the Museum of Fine Arts
, Houston, which traveled nationally to seven venues.
In 1996 Wardlaw became the first African American to receive the Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.
The list of honors and awards bestowed on Dr. Wardlaw
include: Fulbright Fellow, West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Senegal, 1984; Best Exhibition of 1990 for Black Art Ancestral Legacy, D Magazine
, Dallas, Texas; the Texas Women's Hall of Fame
, 1994; a Fulbright Award for study in Tanzania, East Africa, July 1997.
Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
Dr. Wardlaw is Associate Professor of Art History at Texas Southern University and Director/Curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University.
She serves as Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and is currently organizing an exhibition of the art of Kermit Oliver as well as an exhibition surveying the quilting tradition of African American women in Gees Bend, Alabama.