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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA 19102-1424)
Hoang Tran (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Rediscovering John W. Rhoden: Processing, Cataloging, Rehousing, and Digitizing the John W. Rhoden papers

The processing and digitization of 15 linear feet of personal papers of John W. Rhoden, an African American sculptor who was active in the New York Abstract and Figurative Expressionism movements. Activities will include arrangement, description, rehousing, and cataloging of photographs, sketchbooks, drawings, correspondence, and materials related to Rhoden’s exhibitions, awards, travels, and commissions. Up to 5,000 items will be digitized and hosted on the website of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

A project to process, catalog, rehouse, digitize and provide online access to the papers of John W. Rhoden (1918-2001), a highly talented but under-recognized 20th century African American artist. The project will help ensure the collection is properly preserved for posterity and, at the same time, dramatically improve discovery, access, and use of the unique materials. The papers are not only a scholarly resource for the study of Rhoden’s personal and professional life, but also serve as a visual resource for American modernist sculpture by an African American artist.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 10/31/2021