Romare Bearden Fundation

special program


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.


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.”


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Romare Bearden Day is proclaimed in Oakland, California.


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.


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


Elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.


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.