Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, curator for Texas Southern University’s museum, member of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Scholarly Advisory Committee, has been honored in multiple ways this month.
Recently, The Community Artists’ Collective hosted a book signing event for Dr. Wardlaw. Members of the arts, higher education and cultural communities were in attendance as Dr. Wardlaw signed copies of her book “Charles Alston” and her article in the catalogue “Thornton Dial in the 21st Century.
On Saturday, April 15 Dr. Wardlaw was named Artist/Historian of the Year during the Community Artists’ Collective’s 30th Anniversary Ungala Awards & Auction. The event celebrated the work of the Collective and helped raise money to support its work in art education. The event also celebrated local persons of note for their impact and influence on Houston’s art scene. Along with Dr. Wardlaw, long-time public servant Peter Brown was honored as the Art Patron of the Year, while Delita Martin received the Arts in Action Award.
“I am honored to receive the attention and accolades from so many people near and dear to my heart,” said Dr. Wardlaw. “But as you already know, celebrating the arts and culture of our people has been my life’s work because it is my passion, and because of the richness it has brought and continues to bring to our people and the world.”
Dr. Wardlaw’s career continues to expand, reaching new audiences of students and art lovers both here and abroad with each passing year.

By Aswad Walker