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About this book

“This book celebrates and invites regional and national art enthusiasts, collectors, and educators to discover and reacquaint themselves with American artists of African descent.”

—Halima Taha, From the Foreword


Hearne Fine Art in Little Rock, Arkansas, commemorates twenty years of exhibiting and promoting African American art with the publication of Collaborations. The book, featuring internationally and nationally acclaimed artists, including eleven Arkansans, is complete with vivid color reproductions of the artwork of fifty-seven artists. It is organized by medium and features work from artists who have exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at Hearne Fine Art. Each image is accompanied by a brief profile of the artist as well as a personal statement. It is a vibrant testimonial to the longevity and commitment to excellence that has come to be the trademark of this distinguished gallery. The selection of artists illuminates the diversity of styles and media and includes watercolor, pastel, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media, fiber art, oil, and acrylic on canvas. Collaborations also includes a unique collection of titles from the Limited Editions Club.

About the authors

Garbo Watson Hearne, owner of Hearne Fine Art, established her gallery with her husband, Archie Hearne III, in 1988 in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is dedicated to presenting the foremost collection of African American art. Their first book offers readers insight into the history of the gallery and the bonds it has formed with world-renowned artists and emerging creative minds alike.


Halima Taha is recognized throughout the United States as a leading authority on collecting African American art and arts management and is the author of the bestselling books Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas and Three Decades of American Printmaking: The Brandywine Collection.


Dianne Smith is an abstractionist and a devoted art educator. In 2007 she was featured in the much-heralded film by Lerone D. Wilson Colored Frames.


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