27th Annual Alain Locke Awards

Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.

The 2019 recipient of FAAAA’s annual Alain Locke International Art Award is photographer and video installation artist Carrie Mae Weems. In her work she examines the complex legacy of African American identity, class, and culture in the United States.

Her intimate depictions of children, adults, and families in simple settings document and interpret the ongoing centuries-old struggle for racial equality, human rights, and social inclusion in America.  Weems will discuss her art and career with the audience.

In addition, at this event the Alain Locke Recognition Award will be awarded to Detroit figurative artist Tylonn Sawyer.  His work focuses on themes of identity, both individual & collective, politics, race, history and pop culture.

Also, the Alain Locke Award will be presented posthumously to David Philpot, renowned master woodcarver. 


Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art