“Cutting Stone” the Art & Life of RI Black Sculptress Nancy Elizabeth Prophet. A talk by Amalia Amaki, foremost scholar on Prophet. This free event takes place Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00pm, at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Prophet, RISD’s first Black graduate in 1918, attended École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she lived nearly a decade, and had tenure at the historically Black Spelman College, where she created a degree program in 3-D art.
In 1932 Prophet exhibited at the Newport Art Museum winning Best in Show. See a special exhibit and learn about her fascinating life here and in Paris. this weekends exhibit includes two of Prophet’s sculptures and her portrait. Both events are funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and sponsored by Opera Providence.
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) was from Warwick, RI. Few of her sculptures survive, including three at the RISD Museum, two at RI Black Heritage Society, and one at the Whitney Museum.
Amaki, an African-American artist, art historian, educator, film critic, and curator is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She co-authored Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy.
Project Director Ray Rickman says: “Prophet is one of those great Rhode Island icons that time and historians have mostly forgotten. This project reintroduces her to the public in new and exciting ways.”