The exhibition at the High Museum of Art will include works that span Woodruff’s career, with a particular focus on his important work as a muralist.
Deinstallation of the six murals will take nearly a year. Beginning on June 9, Talladega College and the High Museum will showcase the murals throughout the U.S., France and other countries.
Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900–1980) was born in Cairo, Illinois. He studied art at both the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and the Fogg Museum of Harvard University.
Woodruff contributed to the development of African American art not only as an artist, but also as a distinguished arts educator.
Located in an historic district of the city of Talladega, Ala., Talladega College sits on a plateau about 700 feet above sea level in the heart of a fertile valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
With the assistance of the American Missionary Association, the college was founded in 1867, by the descendants of the slaves who helped to build its first building, Swayne Hall-now a national historic site.
Restored Talladega College Murals to Begin Multi-City National Tour at High Museum of ArtJune 9 - September 2, 2012
ATLANTA, May 2, 2012 – With 12 months of conservation work now complete, the historic Talladega Murals will be presented to a national audience for the first time in a new exhibition – “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College” – on view at the High Museum of Art June 9 to Sept. 2, 2012.