Last Weeks to See Iconic Exhibit of Black Art, Restaged After 50 Years

On view only through January 23, 2022, “Afro-American Images 1971: The Vision of Percy Ricks” honors the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking exhibition of Black art that celebrates the legacy of Wilmington artist and educator Percy Ricks. Ricks founded the Wilmington-based artist collective Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. and mounted “Afro-American Images 1971” to emphasize the influence of African American artists in Wilmington.

Presented by the Delaware Art Museum and Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc., the restaging of “Afro-American Images 1971″ brings back together nearly 100 works of art by nationally-known artists like Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Alma Thomas, and Faith Ringgold, as well as local luminaries Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr.

To commemorate the last month of the show, Delaware Art Museum will present rich programming celebrating African American culture, including:

Virtual Inside Look Discussion of Ernest Crichlow’s Waiting

Friday, January 14, Noon & Saturday, January 15, 1 p.m., on Zoom. Free.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Kickoff

Monday, January 17, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Outdoors. Free.

Virtual Panel Discussion: The Vision of Percy Ricks, Presented by PNC Arts Alive

Sunday, January 23, 2 p.m., on Zoom. Free.

Pre-Registration is required for all programs, and full details are available at

On Monday, January 17, all are invited to a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Kickoff at the Museum. In the morning, remarks and performances will take place outdoors at the Museum. Volunteers will then embark to service projects in the community. The Museum and the special exhibition are open with free admission for all on MLK Day.