BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Local museum features work of a 'Renaissance Woman'

The world renowned work of a prominent African American artist from Green Cove Springs is being celebrated this Black History Month. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens announced Mayor Lenny Curry has proclaimed February 2019 as Augusta Savage Month in Jacksonville.

The Cummer Museum is currently featuring Savage’s work in its exhibition “Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman.”

Savage, a Green Cove Springs native, became an accomplished sculptor and is widely considered a core figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Savage faced racism, sexism, and discrimination throughout her life, which hampered her commercial pursuits.

The “Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” exhibition is the largest ever organized by the museum and the most comprehensive exhibition highlighting Savage’s unique story.

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“The reason having this exhibition here is so important isn’t just because Augusta Savage was from here, it’s because she is included alongside the great artists of all time,” said Adam Levin, CEO and director of Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

“Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” can be viewed and enjoyed with regular Museum admission through April 7. The exhibition includes 80 total pieces, including 19 sculptures and a watercolor by Savage.

Admission is free for anyone in the community on Florida Blue Free Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday evening and again on Weaver First Saturday Free for All, held the first Saturday of each month.