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From Charlotte to International Success, the Life of Romare Bearden 1911 to 1988
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This 5.4-acre public park is located in Uptown Charlotte and named for Charlotte native and internationally acclaimed artist, Romare Bearden. Dedicated in 2013, Romare Bearden Park is located just a block from where the collage artist was born. The park is designed in a collage motif to honor the artist and features two formal gardens, a courtyard, a playing field and several waterfalls. The park is well-used by a broad spectrum of the Charlotte community and for varying purposes including fitness and cultural arts programs.


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Bearden was one of America’s most important artists of the Twentieth Century. Known primarily for his work in collage, Bearden was a pioneer in the medium of collage, literally assembling random pieces to create beauty, harmony, and meaning. Collage also serves as apt description for Bearden, both the artist and individual as his primary contribution was as a social activist, breaking down the race barrier for African American artists both for himself and for other underrepresented artists.

In his early work life, Bearden supported himself and his wife by working as a social worker. However, by the end of the 1960’s Bearden was well-established as an artist to be able to leave his work at the Department of Social Services and focus fulltime on his art. For context of the African American artist’s experience at that time, The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited Harlem on My Mind: The Cultural Capital of Black America 1900-1968 which failed to feature any works by African American artists in the show.

In the 1970’s Bearden was represented by the prominent New York gallery, Cordier and Eckstom. He had solo shows at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC and the Museum of Modern Art. He received many awards, including the Freedom Fighter Award from the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP and the Frederick Douglass Award from the NY chapter of the National Urban League. 

President Reagan award Bearden the National Medal of Arts in 1987. The artist died in 1988.

Romare Bearden Park. (n.d.). Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/Parks/ParksByRegion/CentralRegion/Pages/Romare-Bearden-Park.aspx

Staff, Q., & Staff, Q. (2020, January 21). Sculpture by Bearden peer, Richard Hunt, installed at Romare Bearden Park. Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://qcitymetro.com/2017/05/14/sculpture-bearden-peer-richard-hunt-installed-romare-bearden- park/

Romare Bearden Park. (n.d.). Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/Parks/ParksByRegio

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