Romare Bearden Fundation

special program

2004-2005

Bearden is honored with a seven-month long New York Citywide Homecoming Celebration, held in conjunction with the traveling retrospective, The Art of Romare Bearden, at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City, issues a Proclamation in honor of Bearden’s legacy.

2003 

Choreographer Garth Fagan honors Bearden with a new work titled DanceCollageforRomie. The new work, which premieres at the Joyce Theater in New York City, has three sections: “Matter and Materiel,” “Detail: Down Home Also,” and “Conjur Man.”

2000 

Bearden's collage, Family (1988), becomes the national poster for the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 Census.

1988 

Receives posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

1987 

Romare Bearden Day is declared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the achievements of Romare and Nanette Bearden.

Presented with the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, by President Ronald Reagan.

1985 

Honored by the New York Artists Equity Association for Lifetime of Artistic Achievement and Devotion to Fellow Artists’ Interests.

Receives Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.

1984 

Receives the Mayor's Award of Honor for Art & Culture from New York City Mayor Edward Koch at Gracie Mansion.

Bearden's lithograph, The Lamp (1984), is chosen for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund poster celebrating the 30th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.

1983 

Receives award from The Studio Museum in Harlem along with Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence.

1982 

Receives Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

1980 

Romare Bearden Day is proclaimed in Oakland, California.

1978 

Receives Freedom Fighter Award from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Receives thirteenth annual Frederick Douglass Medal from the New York Chapter of the National Urban League.

Receives Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Davidson College, Davidson, NC.

1977 

Receives Honorary Doctorate from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

Receives Honorary Doctorate from Maryland Institute of Arts, Baltimore, MD.

1976 

Receives Gold Medal for Achievement in the Arts by the Governor of North Carolina.

Proclaimed Honorary Citizen of Atlanta, Georgia, by Mayor Maynard Jackson.

1975 

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

1973 

Receives Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

Named Rockefeller Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

1972 

Elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

1970 

Receives a John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation grant to write a book on the history of African-American art. The book, AHistory of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present, was coauthored with Harry Henderson and published posthumously in 1993.