Relevant...art that resonates as strongly now as it did when it got createdHistorical...works that tell provocative truths about America's racial historyActivist...a life committed to fighting for equality.Educator...over 40 years in classrooms and still teachingProlific...creator of volumes of still sought after masterpiecesInnovative...creator of art styles and model programs that changed art historyInspireddivinely-inspired to create provocative message art

Relevant...

art that resonates as strongly now as it did when it got created

Professor Dana Chandler's art is as relevant today as it was when he created his most well-known pieces.

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Historical...

works that tell provocative truths about America's racial history

Activist art produced by Professor Dana Chandler reflects America's racial and gender history. It both inspires and angers, even today.

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Activist...

a life committed to fighting for equality.

As much as any leader of his generation, Professor Dana Chandler is a renowned civil rights activist. Only his family came before the community.

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Educator...

over 40 years in classrooms and still teaching

Professor Dana Chandler is known as one of the foremost educators in the Africancentric art education movement.

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Prolific...

creator of volumes of still sought after masterpieces

Professor Dana Chandler has produced hundreds of works of art over his nearly 60-year career.

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Innovative...

creator of art styles and model programs that changed art history

Professor Dana Chandler's innovative African-American Master Artist-in-Residency Program shifted the art world.

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Inspired

divinely-inspired to create provocative message art

Chandler says he's been led by God since early in his life and that he got led Him to create his history-changing works.

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Visit our gallery and learn more about exhibiting or acquiring seminal works by Dana C. Chandler, Jr.

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Professor Chandler—Enlightened, Evolved, and Erudite.

Gallery

One of the most prolific artists in history, Chandler has created several thousand pieces in his almost 60-year career. In this gallery, you can view pieces from most of his series and determine which you would like to exhibit or purchase. Visit the gallery then reach out to us for more details.

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Learn how to book this internationally renowned, message-oriented artist whose narrative is as contemporary, relevant, and witty today as always. Down-to-earth and easy to engage, he available for limited appearances in person and virtually, he may be available for your event. Want to get Prof. Chandler as a speaker for your next event or interview him for your article, or television, radio or online show? Learn how.

 

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A former journalist himself, the artist has an extensive press history. Learn how to get his artist’s statement, selected bibliography and images, awards and other information to help you with your coverage. You may also learn more about Prof. Chandler’s current and future activities, including exhibitions. Read more.

Chandler Receives Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Simmons University

Black Student Organization undergraduates at Simmons University, to whom Chandler was a faculty advisor, frequently used Chandler’s space at 11 Leon Street to hold gatherings, events, and meetings. Here, one sings for her audience in 1975. Photo: Dana C. Chandler, Jr. All rights reserved.   

On May 20, 2022, Professor Dana C. Chandler, Jr., 81, received his honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Simmons University. He taught drawing, painting, sculpture, intaglio printing, and Black art history there for 34 years from 1970 to 2004.
 
In her letter to Chandler informing him of the honor, university president, Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, gave the following reasons for this well-earned, well-deserved honor:
 
“…in recognition of your achievements as a renowned artist, depicting the Black Power movement of the 60s and for your 34 years of transformative service to Simmons where you introduced Black Art History into the curriculum and served as the faculty advisor to the Black Student Organization, encouraging the development of a generation of Black students. Your work and your life as an activist resonate intensely for our students in a time of racial reckoning in the United States.”
 
The letter further says:
 
“You will join such distinguished past honorees as Marian Wright Edelman, Gwen Ifill, John Pendergrast, Ellen Goodman, Charlayne Hunter Gault, Elie Wiesel, Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Anita Hill, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Alexander, Billie Jean King, Abigail Disney, Michelle Alexander, Gina McCarthy, and Ayanna Pressley.”
 
Chandler said of learning about the honorary doctoral degree, “I’m dancing on the ceiling!” He warmly thanked all involved in getting him awarded this honor during his degree conferral.
 
He received this honor alongside a longtime friend and mentor, Mel King, who got awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.
 
Former Boston mayor, Kim Janey, filmmaker, producer, and social justice advocate, Dawn Porter, and Black women’s health advocate, Byllye Yvonne Avery, also received honorary doctorates.
 
Dr. Chandler dedicates this honor to his mother, the late Ruth Chandler, whom he says taught him to be the firebrand he remains as an octogenarian.
 
Special thanks for this honor go to Professor Reginald Jackson for submitting his name for consideration, the Simmons University Honorary Degree Committee, the Board of Trustees, and all those who supported him over the past 67 years—since his first national art award in 9th grade in 1955—to help him get to this very special place, including his supporters at AAMARP.
 
We hope you were one of the 10,000 people who attended Simmons’ live-streamed commencement on May 20, 2022, to watch him receive his honorary doctorate. If not, watch the remote conferral of his honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by Dr. Wooten in Dr. Chandler’s New Mexico home.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Acquires "Fred Hampton's Door 2"

Professor Chandler’s seminal 1974 sculpture, “Fred Hampton’s Door 2,” recently got acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston after traveling in the blockbuster exhibition, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” from July 2017 through August 2020.

In an article on Boston’s “WBUR The Artery” announcing the sale on his 80th birthday, the artist said about the acquisition, “It feels like my Americanness as a Black artist and Black person is finally getting recognized by this great American museum.”

We are delighted the work is now part of the collection of one of the most distinguished museums in the world. Read more about the work, its creation, and its history here.

[Chandler’s works are exclusively represented under contract with Celebrated Activist Artist. The contact for purchasing other works, exhibitions, or interviews is Chandler’s daughter and artist representative, Dahna M. Chandler. No other person or organization is authorized to represent the artist or his work. Contact Ms. Chandler for more details. Do not attempt to contact the artist directly, or his other family members or friends about his work, exhibitions or interviews. Inquiries get redirected to the artist’s exclusive artist representative]

 

Left: “Fred Hampton’s Door 2” (c) 1974. Dana C. Chandler, Jr. Work owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with copyrights retained by the artist. Contact MFA, Boston for exhibition information, and to discuss other uses.

Dana Chandler Receives a 2018 MassArt Alumni Award

Dana Chandler, ’67 (BFA Art Education) (right) stands with John Crowe ’71 (BFA Art Education) (middle), and Elisabeth Subrin ’90 (BFA Film/Video) (left) at the reception for the 2018 MassArt Alumni Awards. (Photo: Renee Ricciardi)

Boston – November 4, 2018 – Surrounded by family and with friends, and fans applauding, Dana Chandler received a 2018 MassArt Alumni award from his college alma mater, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Chandler graduated from the institution in 1967 with a BS Teacher Education and went on to teach, retiring in 2004 from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College) after 33 years. 

“I can’t tell you how honored I am, how proud I am to receive this wonderful honor from my college alma mater,” enthused the 77-year-old activist artist. The two other award-winners were John Crowe ’71 (BFA Art Education), and Elisabeth Subrin ’90 (BFA Film/Video), both shared memories… (Read More)

Artist's Statement: "The Race Question and My Art Answered"

When people see Images like this one, The Black AmeriKKKlan Experience: Murdered While Black, they envision an enraged black painter contemplating the same fate experienced by the subject of this painting for all white people. That couldn’t be further from my truth.

I can’t say I wasn’t enraged when I painted this piece in 1974 to confront the wyte (racist caucasian) supremacist police brutality that was being perpetrated against black men even then. I’m was, and justifiably so. But, because of artwork like this that conveys that rage projected by wyte supremacists onto black bodies, I’ve always been considered a “controversial political artist.”

My art makes white and other people uncomfortable in their denial, complacency, and complicity in the destruction of black lives. Black lives have always mattered to me and most of my art expresses that. As such, others have given me many labels over the years intended to categorize me as an artist based on its focus and content. They’ve created narratives about me that portray me as a dangerous, hate-filled black agitator who should be silenced to protect white people from harm.

But, showing love for my own people through my art does not translate into hatred for other racial groups. Unlike wyte nationalists, I don’t feel the need to exterminate other racial groups to prove my love for my own.

I’ve also been given interesting monikers over the years, most I’ve embraced. They include “Black Power Artist,” “Black Nationalist Artist,” “The Original Hip Hop Artist” and “Outsider Artist.” All reflect my status as a historical forerunner in the black activist art world as well as in the black political activist movement.

But many of these labels, typically given to me by white people, also have negative connotations. Some are part of those narratives constructed to portray me as a menace to society; an anti-American radical.

It’s those labels that endanger black men who speak out against the brutality and injustices routinely perpetrated against us that lead to suppressing us by incarceration and silencing us with assassination. People have made death threats against me… (Read More)

AAMARP News

AAMARP and MNCAA Honor Dana Chandler: This photo shows celebrated activist artist, Dana Chandler (sitting; right center), in Boston with African American Master Artist-in-Residence Program (AAMARP) and other Boston artists. All were in attendance at the November 3, 2018 “welcome home” celebration for the artist at the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists (MNCAAA). Some 75 guests joined in the festivities. The event got co-sponsored by the MNCAAA and AAMARP, which Chandler created and founded and that opened 40 years ago in November 1978. The MNCAAA’s founder and director, Barry Gaither, stands in the far left of the image. He is a long-time Chandler friend and supporter. Chandler attended this celebration in his honor while in Boston to receive a 2018 MassArt Alumni Award. (Photo: Greg Cook, Wonderland)

 

UPDATE: As of June 2022, four years from the month it demanded artists vacate their studios at 76 Atherton Street in Jamaica Plain after 30 years, while the program no longer appears on Northeastern University’s site, AAMARP artists and their volunteer lawyer continue to negotiate with the university for its sustainable, autonomous existence as a Northeastern institute. AAMARP also now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is getting tax-exempt status. We will provide updates on its status. Please read the AAMARP content on this site to learn the lengthy history (supported with documents) of Northeastern’s attempts to eliminate AAMARP, despite its contributions to the university’s growth initiatives and to Boston’s art community.

 

Black Artist Collective Locked Out Of Studios At Northeastern University
TheArtery—WBUR, June 29, 2020

Black Artists Residency Program Says Northeastern Has Again Locked Them Out. Protest Planned For Saturday
Wonderland, June 26, 2020

Black Arts Residency Program Continues Negotiations With Northeastern As Deadline To Get Out Passes
Wonderland, October 31, 2018

AAMARP artists exhibit at the Boston International Fine Art Show
The Bay State Banner, October 18, 2018

AAMARP Artists Emerge From Northeastern Negotiations For First Group Exhibit In Years
The ARTery—WBUR, October 17, 2018

Tensions Between Black Artist Program And Northeastern Go Back Decades
Interview with Chandler-The ArteryWBUR, August 21, 2018

Northeastern Delays Deadline For Landmark Black Arts Program To Vacate Boston Building, Some Artists Object To Negotiation Ground Rules
Wonderland, August 13, 2018

Eviction delayed for Black arts collective at Northeastern studios
The Bay State Banner, August 1, 2108

Black Arts Collective Allowed To Occupy Northeastern Building Through October
The ARTery—WBUR, July 31, 2018

Mayor Pushes Northeastern To Give Landmark Black Artists Residency Program More Time To Vacate Boston Building
Wonderland, July 25, 2018

City Intervenes In Black Arts Collective Eviction Case With Northeastern
The ARTery—WBUR, July 24, 2018

Black Arts Group At Odds With Northeastern Over Orders To Vacate And Lockout Allegations
The ARTery—WBUR, July 10, 2018

Northeastern Says Landmark Black Artists Residency Program ‘Must Vacate’ Jamaica Plain Building 
Wonderland, July 3, 2018

Northeastern University moves to evict legacy artist-in-residence program: AAMARP
Arts Under the Dome, July 3, 2018

Northeastern University Tells African-American Artist Program To Vacate Space
The ARTery—WBUR, July 2, 2018

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