Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery welcomes the FAMU and greater Tallahassee community. Our mission is to present art exhibitions that are both relevant to the FAMU community and serve diverse audiences. As a Historically Black College and University art gallery, we feature art primarily by artists of the African Diaspora while sharing our richly diverse culture with the surrounding area.
HISTORYLocated in the heart of the historic FAMU, Florida, the gallery has served the FAMU and greater Tallahassee community for nearly 60 years with enriching art exhibitions and art programming. Combining music and visual art, the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Complex, was named after the esteemed Dr. William P. Foster, director of the FAMU “Marching 100” Band and celebrated African-American artist Henry O. Tanner. The gallery was founded in mid-century by FAMU faculty as an extension of the FAMU Visual Art program and started as a one-room space dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of FAMU students, faculty and affiliated artists.
Renovated and established in 1997 into a two-level gallery, the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery has been host to international and national art exhibitions, including works by Faith Ringgold, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Elizabeth Catlett, Jun Zhao, Sonya Clark and selections from the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Collection among other great artists and collections. Thanks to a generous donation by the Kinsey Family Foundation another renovation in 2015 upgraded our gallery with museum quality window tinting, installation of new track lighting with LED technology, new signage and grounds.
With 2,100 square feet of open space and floor to ceiling UV treated windows, the loft-style upper and lower gallery is the ideal environment for art exhibitions. Our gallery program has seven scheduled art exhibitions per calendar year with accompanying public programs, such as gallery talks, panels, demonstrations and films.
Goin’ Down South: An Exhibition of Wood Carvings by LaVon Van Williams, Jr.
February 16 - March 23, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 2018, from 5:30-7:30pm
Goin’ Down South presents LaVon Van Williams’ stained reliefs and figures carved out of wood and inspired by African-American history and culture. This fifth-generation wood carver represents his family, the tradition of wood carving in the African-American community, and music in his work. Williams’ wooden reliefs capture the energy of African-American culture. His emotive figures depict church goers, musicians, parties and brawls inspired by jazz and juke joints. He carries on his family’s long tradition of wood carving with his own brand of “urban folk art.”
Goin' Down South Press Release
Spring Graduating Senior Art Exhibition
April 2 – April 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 5:30-7:30pm
The Leon County Middle School Juried Exhibition
Tallahassee Chinese Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 6:00-8:00pm
This year, we have invited Dr.Dai Zheng, painting professor, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. She will conduct a demonstration of ink painting at the Opening Reception.
History of the Tallahassee Chinese Art Exhibitions
PINNACLE National Juried Art Exhibition
TBD, Fall 2018
Past Pinnacle Exhibitions
PUBLIC PROGRAMSOur gallery offers programming that focus upon education and wellness. These include docent-led tours, often by senior Visual Arts students, for art exhibitions. We also offer art demonstrations wherein visitors can watch artists create and discuss their process.
Thursday, February 15, 2018: LaVon Van Williams Jr. presents a wood carving demonstration in Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Building, West Room 107
We offer Sarpasana Yoga classes taught by a certified instructor. Yoga mats and blocks are provided to a limited number of participants. Sarpasana Yoga are free classes, yet a suggested donation of $2 is requested.
Upcoming Sarpasana Yoga Classes
Monday, February 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m. in the Lower level gallery
Past Public Programs
MEMBERSHIPThe Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery relies on contributions from our visitors and supporters. If you are interested in becoming a member and our member rewards, please complete our membership form.
VISITAdmission is always free. Parking is available as metered parking in the Ballroom lot Monday through Friday from 7am-5:00pm, and free Monday to Friday after 5:00pm and weekends.
Florida A & M University
Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
1630 Pinder Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and all holidays and observances recognized by the university, unless otherwise stated.
Assistant Professor and Gallery Director
Telephone: (850) 599-8755
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