Fine Arts Program

Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery



Mission

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.



History

Located in the heart of the historic Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, 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.  To plan your visit, contact the gallery at (850) 599-8755 or Email: fostertannergallery@famu.edu




EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


Earl Washington: Unlimited Expressions of Life
February 25 - March 29, 2019
Opening Reception, Thursday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The Artists in Bloom Festival and the FAMU Fostere-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming art exhibition, Earl Washington: Unlimited Expressions of Life.  Unlimited Expressions of Life features over sixty works of art by contemporary artist Earl D. Washington.  Washington is primarily a ceramicsit but works in a wide range of mediums, including photography, calligraphy, and collage.  His adventurous assortment of mediums and expansive amount of work over the course of three decades will be on view at the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery from February 25 until March 29.

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

9th Annual PINNACLE National Art Competition
January 14 - February 15, 2019

The FAMU Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery presents our 9th Annual “PINNACLE National Juried Art Exhibition and Competition.”

This all-media exhibition features dozens of original works of art, selected by this year’s distinguished juror; visual artist William Cordova. Join us on Thursday, January 17 for the opening reception where we will announce the winners of this year’s show PINNACLE will be on view from January 14 until February 15. Selected works of art will be for sale.


Through the Lens: Identity, Representation, and Self Presentation

November 5 - December 7, 2018


Through the Lens Press Release

Through the Lens brings together three photographers whose art addresses the complexities of identity. Race, sexual orientation, gender, and nationality are just a handful of ways that we use to identify ourselves and others. This exhibition explores the nuances of those identities, including notions of representation and self-presentation. A “lens,” typically thought of as a camera component used to focus on a photographic subject, is also a metaphor for referring to our perspective of looking at the world, and subsequently how we relate to it. Through the Lens takes both the literal and metaphorical meaning of our featured artists’ current series to help us explore our own perceptions.


The Grid Comes Full Circle: An Exhibition of Drawings and Prints by Students of Terry K. Hunter
Opening reception: Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
August 27 - October 26, 2018


The Grid Comes Full Circle Press Release

The Grid Comes Full Circle: Drawings and Prints by Students of Terry K. Hunter will be on view from August 27 - October 26.

Terry K. Hunter is a distinguished alumnus of the Florida A&M University Fine Arts Program and has been an artist/educator for more than 45 years. "The Grid Comes Full Circle" highlights the works created under his instruction between 1977 -2010. The Grid Comes Full Circle was curated by Hunter and features the work of Hunter’s art students at South Carolina State University, Claflin University and at the Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studios (F.A.C.E.T.S.) over the span of more than 30 years.

Don't miss the ARTalk with Terry K. Hunter Monday, October 22 at 12:15 pm  at the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery!



The 2018 Tallahassee Chinese Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 6:00 - 9:00pm
June 28 - July 26, 2018

The Tallahassee Chinese Art Exhibition is an annual art exhibition featuring traditional and contemporary Chinese art by visiting Chinese artists. This year’s exhibition will feature artist and professor Dr Zheng Dai’s paintings and Zhu Sanshi’s conceptual photography.

The Leon County Middle School Art Competition
Opening reception: Thursday, May 10, 2018
May 10 - May 17, 2018

Each summer the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery hosts an art competition for the area middle schools students.  Middle school art teachers organize their students' art work from that year to celebrate their work and display it in the gallery.  This year's participating middle schools were: Cobb, Deerlake, Ft. Braden, Griffin, Montford, Swiftcreek, and Raa Middle Schools.




VISIONS Spring 2018 Graduating Senior Art Exhibition
April 2 - April 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Visions is a recurring series that celebrates and features the work of graduating FAMU Fine Arts students.  
 
This semester, the class of 2018 Fine Arts students Denzel Goldwire, Quanee Smith and Courtney Dickey will present their individual series of works.  Goldwire’s large-scale portraits explore the realities of political activists, past and present. Smith will present her fashion line and an autobiographical installation.  Dickey’s digital art celebrates the accomplishments of record-breaking African-American women.
 
This semester's Visions exhibition is sponsored by the FAMU Student Government Association.

 


Goin' Down South: 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

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Our gallery offers programming that focus upon education and wellness. These include docent-led tours, often by senior Visual Arts students. We also offer art demonstrations wherein visitors can watch artists create and discuss their process.

Upcoming Demonstrations
TBA

Wellness
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
TBA
 

MEMBERSHIP

The 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.

INTERNSHIP


The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery offers a variety of art gallery experiences via working directly under the supervision of the Gallery Director during the fall and spring semesters.  Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students looking to gain experience and credit hours working in areas such as gallery/museum education, exhibition planning and design, public programming,  marketing and publicity, and administrative aspects of gallery work.  To apply for an internship, please email the following to fostertannergallery@famu.edu:
 
  • Email a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship
  • Resume with three references
  • Your available schedule
You can also hand deliver your application materials to the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center, Office 105 West.  For more information on applying for an internship contact the Gallery Director at (850)599-8755.
 

PLAN A VISIT OR GROUP TOUR



 
We are located on the campus of Florida A&M University at 1630 Pinder Street
Admission is always free.
Metered parking is available on Wahnish Way, between Osceola and Gamble streets.
Group tours are available at $1/person in group.  To organize a group tour, contact Aja Roache at (850) 599-8755

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, Closed Saturday and Sunday and all holidays and observances recognized by the university.
 

STAFF 

Aja Roache
Assistant Professor and Gallery Director
Telephone: (850) 599-8755
E-mail: fostertannergallery@famu.edu

SOCIAL MEDIA

Like us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter!
 

Contact Info

1630 Pinder Street
100 Foster-Tanner Art - East
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3161