Dr. Adrienne Childs and Dorian Webb at Featherstone

IMAGINE: CELEBRATING BLACK FEMALE CREATIVITY curated by Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D. is an exhibition that brings works by historical and contemporary African American women artists to Martha’s Vineyard’s Featherstone Center for the Arts. The exhibition features artists who work in various media from painting and collage to jewelry. The Vineyard has been a welcoming and nurturing space for generations of artists and makers who see their time here – full time, or summer only – as a creative retreat. Imagine puts our Vineyard artists into conversation with artists from across the nation, and celebrates the dynamic and diverse aesthetics of Black female creativity.


Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D., is an art historian and curator. She is an adjunct curator at The Phillips Collection.  Childs is currently curator of Imagine: Celebrating Black Female Creativity at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Martha’s Vineyard and,co-curator of The Colour of Anxiety: Race, Sex and the Uncanny in Victorian Sculpture for the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England. Childs is 2022 recipient of the Driskell Prize in African American Art awarded by the High Museum. She curated the exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, 2020, at the Phillips Collection. The exhibition catalog Riffs and Relations won the 2020 James A Porter and David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History.  Her current book project is Ornamental Blackness: The Black Figure in European Decorative Arts, forthcoming from Yale University Press. She has held fellowships the Lunder Institute at the Colby College Museum of Art, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), The Hutchins Center at Harvard University, The Clark Art Institute and the David C. Driskell Center. She is co-curator of the recent exhibition The Black Figure in the European Imaginary at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. She contributed to The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V from Harvard University Press. Childs is co-editor of the book Blacks in European Art of the Long Nineteenth Century, Routledge. Her scholarly interests are the relationship between race and representation in European and American fine and decorative arts. She also served as curator at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland where she curated numerous exhibitions of African American art. 


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