Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
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Date: January 23rd - June 16th, 2024

Arc of Life features oil paintings by MacArthur Fellow Walter Hood. The artist recalls growing up in a then-segregated Charlotte, North Carolina before living abroad and pursuing his education and career in an integrated world. Inspired by the Henry Dumas short story of the same name, the site-specific installation Ark of Bones represents ancestral connections to Black Americans.


About the artist:

Walter Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally.

He is a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the 2021 recipient of the Architectural League’s President’s Medal award.