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Nannette Acker Clark

by Synatra Smith, Ph.D. on 2021-07-15T12:00:00-04:00 in Black Artists | Comments

Nannette Acker Clark is a Philadelphia-based African American mixed-media artist born in Buffalo, New York, on March 19, 1948. In 1971 she earned a BFA in sculpture jointly from the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, and in 1984 an MA in art education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Inspired by contemporary fiber and sculpture works, design traditions from other cultures, and her identity as a Black woman in the United States, she began working with fiber and mixed media in graduate school to create realistic and figurative sculptures. Her work “explores spiritual journeys through the interaction of line, pattern, texture, and color.”[1] 


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[1] Clark n.d.



Clark, Nannette Acker. n.d. Artist’s website. Accessed April 14, 2021.


———. [1999]. “Nannette Acker Clark 1999 Bessie Berman Award.” Leeway Foundation. Accessed April 14, 2021.


Frye, Daniel J. 2001. African American Visual Artists: An Annotated Bibliography of Educational Resource Materials. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.


Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia. 1990. Recherché: James Brantley, Moe Brooker, Charles Burwill, Don Camp, Nannette Acker Clark, Walter Edmonds, Jimmy Mance, Hubert Taylor. Philadelphia: Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia, Moore College of Art and Design.

Sajet, Kim, and Howardena Pindell. 2005. The Chemistry of Color: African-American Artists in Philadelphia, 1970–1990. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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