Artists & Designers

Jean Lacy (b. 1932)

Jean Lacy was born in 1932 in Washington, D.C. and grew up near the campus of Howard University. Lacy was introduced at an early age to the philosophical thought and writings of Alain Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois and other African-American intellectuals. A museum education specialist, Lacy developed a number of educational programs aimed at emphasizing cultural enrichment through student study of art, artifacts, and memorabilia related to African-American history. Ms. Lacy's extensive collection of black dolls and memorabilia have been exhibited widely in Texas. The artist says,

"I feel a kinship with the ancient architects of the past. I relate to ancient forms, images and monuments. There is a heightened tension that arises from a conscious and critical relationship to the past. This has enabled my art to be viable as social commentary on the present."

Excerpt from

  • Black Art, Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African-American Art, eds. Robert V. Rozelle, Alvia J. Wardlaw and Maureen A. McKenna (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1989), 277.