Fine Arts Program


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.


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:

We are located on the campus of Florida A&M University at 1630 Pinder Street, Tallahassee, Florida

Free and open to the public.

The gallery is closed until Monday, August 26, 2019

Fall 2019 Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Every second Thursday of the month, the gallery will be open from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Closed Sundays. We are closed for all holidays and breaks observed by the university (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter Break, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Birthday, Spring Break)


Metered parking is available on Wahnish Way, between Osceola and Gamble streets.

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Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery Calendar


Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity
On view: August 26 - December 6, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, September 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE FOR "Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity"


Pinnacle National Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
January 14 - February 15, 2020

Voices of FAMU's Art Program: Six Decades of Art
February 27 - April 5, 2020

VISIONS: Graduating Senior Art Exhibition
April 13 - May 2, 2020





2018 Exhibition Season



Wednesday, September 4 (12:15 – 1:15 PM): ARTalks presents a gallery walk and talk with co-curators of “Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity,” William Cordova and Marie Vickles.

Saturday, September 14 (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Fostering the Arts! presents “Different Strokes for Different Folks” Students (ages 8-10) learn about influential Black folk artists active during the sixties and seventies.  Afterwards students will have the opportunity to make their own inspired folk-art paintings. 


Saturday, September 21 (11:00 – 12:15 PM): Narratives of Necessity Book Club. Join guest moderator, and retired FAMU School of Business and Industry professor Ronald Tate for the first discussion on the book Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention by Jamal Joseph.

Saturday, October 12 (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Fostering the Arts! presents “Power to the Poster!” (Ages 11-13) Students will learn about the impact of posters, and iconic posters during the civil rights movement and important activist movements. Afterward, students will be able to create their own posters


Saturday, October 19 (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM): Narratives of Necessity Book Club: Join guest moderator Keyshawn McMiller (FAMU Social Work Senior) for the second discussion on the book Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention by Jamal Joseph.


Saturday, October 26 (1:00- 2:00 PM): The Kujichagulia Mentality: The Struggle for Self Determination in the African Diaspora Presented by Baba Olusegun Williams (Educator, Folklorist, Historian, Musician, Storyteller), this presentation will include accounts of historical events and personalities through stories, songs, and poetry which depict various resistance strategies used by Africans in the diaspora from colonialism & slavery to the present.

Saturday, November 9 (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Fostering the Arts! presents “(This is) On the Record” (High School) After learning about records in the current show that were either inspired by or from the black panther party, students will be able to write up a track record for and decorate their own vinyls.

Saturday, November 16: Narratives of Necessity Book Club: Join the author of Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention, Jamal Joseph for the third and last book club meeting.




The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery relies on contributions from our visitors and supporters to provide the community with exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.  Members will be placed on the gallery's e-newsletter and informed of all new exhibitions and public programs.  Patron Members will receive mailed show cards and invites for exhibitions and their name listed on our website for one year.  Benefactor Members name will be placed on the website and our Benefactor Wall in the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery for one year.   Memberships are valid for one year from which they are started.  

Annual Fee

To pay for gallery membership, please visit FAMU Giving website here:

Once there follow these instructions:

1) Click on Schools and Colleges
2) Click on College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
3) Type in your donation ammount, the next to the Designmation button, scroll to Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery,  then click the "Add Donation" button
4) Fill out the donation information page and next to "Comments" please indicate your level membership.


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
  • Email a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship to
  • Resume with three references
  • Your available schedule
You can also hand deliver your application materials to Florida A&M University,  Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center, Office 105 West.  For more information on applying for an internship contact the Gallery Director at (850)599-8755.


Aja Roache
Telephone: (850) 599-8755

Physical Address
Florida A&M University
1630 Pinder Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Mailing Address

Florida A&M University
Department of Visual Arts, Humanties and Theatre
Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
515 Orr Drive
208 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307


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Contact Info

1630- 1640 Pinder Street
100 Foster-Tanner Art - East
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3161