In 1976, the African American Museum, Dallas initiated the Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition. The purpose of the juried competition and exhibition stemmed from the Museum’s need to build a distinguished art collection and to provide Black artists in the region a venue to showcase their work.
Best in Show is a selection of previous awardees from the Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition. Spanning from 1976 – 2021, Best in Show consists of 24 works by artists including Sedrick Huckaby (TX), Charles Humes, Jr. (FL), Jeremy Biggers (TX), Billy Colbert (VA), Asia Youngs-Bailey (TX), and Reginald Gammon (NM). Reflecting Black American conditions and traditions, the exhibition features themes addressing politics, family values, identity, and religion. The paintings, drawings, and mixed media works represented are a part of the permanent collections at the African American Museum, Dallas.