Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow News

Virtual Talk  – Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm (EST)

Asmaa Walton
Curator and art educator Asmaa Walton joins the University of South Carolina for a conversation about her work establishing the Black Art Library, an ongoing collection of books on Black visual culture which will become a public-facing archive, research library, and collection of books and ephemera on Black visual arts and artists.  A living archive of global Black creativity, the collection includes artist monographs, exhibition catalogs, children’s books, artist memoirs, artist biographies, art history texts, and other art related ephemera. It is intended to be an educational resource for the Black community and beyond.  REGISTER HERE

Ms. Walton was the 2019-2020 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the St. Louis Art Museum. For more information on recent Bearden Fellows go to our Projects Page


In a recent program for the American Folk Art Museum, Asmaa read aloud from Art From Her Heart, an illustrated biography of celebrated artist Clementine Hunter, and discussed books from the library that address other self-taught artists from the museum’s collection. You can watch the recorded program HERE

Asmaa was also recently featured in Hyperallergic for her current work as the founder of the Black Art Library.
Asmaa Walton is a Detroit native and the founder of the Black Art Library. Walton has a Master of Arts in Arts Politics from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Michigan State University. She most recently was the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum and was previously the inaugural KeyBank Diversity Leadership Fellow at the Toledo Museum of Art.