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Sam Gilliam Art in Conference Room

Acclaimed African American artist Sam Gilliam is featured in the Anthropology Department's conference room.

Sam Gilliam Art in Conference Room

Collaborative work by Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam is a University of Louisville graduate, now living in Washington, D.C.  This piece, entitled "Collaborative Effort" was produced by the Louisville Visual Art Association with National Endowment support in 1986 as part of a citywide invitational exhibition.  Five Louisville artists invited five collaborators to work on the piece.  Gilliam collaborated with John Whitesell, an Art Department faculty member as well as students at the University of Louisville print studio.  Gilliam has since continued to work with handmade paper constructions with several print and paper making shops.  Gilliam is today renowned as one of America's foremost color field and lyrical abstractionist artists.  He is also known as the first artists to paint a canvas without the traditional stretcher bars.  The piece was given as a gift to the University from the artists in thanks for the University's support of the project.