Doing America

Benny Andrews taught art classes in prisons, headed a volunteer program for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and was on the faculty of Queens College in New York for twenty-nine years. From 1982 to 1984, he was visual arts director at the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2002 he launched the Benny Andrews Foundation to assist young minority artists and institutions dedicated to African American art. Andrews was the recipient of the Abby Award for lifetime achievement in the arts and of fellowships from the New York Council on the Arts and the NEA. His work is represented in major museums throughout the country—the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Academy of Art—and has been shown in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including a traveling son-and-father show, “Folk: The Art of Benny and George Andrews.”