AGBS (The Art Galleries at Black Studies at the University of Texas) is a platform from which to unpack timely social issues, through the arts. From exhibitions celebrating contemporary creative expression, to displays of archives and material culture, AGBS is the sole on-campus entity dedicated to showcasing narratives of Africa and the African Diaspora. Comprised of two galleries—The Christian-Green Gallery and the Idea Lab—AGBS spaces are premiere destinations for anyone who seeks to connect with narratives that affect us all.
THE IDEA LAB
Out of consideration for the health of our community
visits to the Idea Lab are by appointment only.
Tuesday - Friday | BY APPOINTMENT
Masks required at all times. Groups limited to 3 guests.
Preferred Parking is in the San Antonio Garage located at
THE CHRISTIAN-GREEN GALLERY
Thursday- Friday 12- 4 p.m.
Out of consideration for the health of our community visits to the
Christian-Green Gallery outside of these hours (above) are available by appointment.
Thursday - Friday, 12 - 4 p.m. | OTHER TIMES AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT.
Masks required at all times. Groups limited to 5 guests.
Preferred Parking is in the Brazos Parking Garage located at
MEET OUR STAFF
LISE RAGBIR | DIRECTOR
Lise Ragbir brings over fifteen years of cultural management experience to AGBS. The journey has taken her from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, to the United Nations, to a Swiss corporate collection, to one of the most notable collections of public art in the state of Texas. From her work as a grant-maker with private foundations, to her work with museums and community-based cultural organizations, her experience spans public, private, for-profit and non-profit cultural initiatives. She holds a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Concordia University in Montreal, and completed her graduate work in Museum Studies at Harvard University. Her essays about race, identity, immigration and cultural representation have appeared in the Guardian, Time Magazine, USA Today and Hyperallergic, among other publications. She is first-generation Canadian of Trinidadian-descent, and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
DR. CHERISE SMITH | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Associate Professor Cherise Smith joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. She offers courses in and has published articles on African American and African Diaspora art, the history of photography, and contemporary art. Her manuscript, Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith, was published by Duke University Press in 2011. It examines how identity is negotiated in performance art by reading closely a performance work by each artist in which she takes-on the characteristics and manners of a racial, ethnic, and gender “other”. She has worked in the curatorial departments of several museums and curated a number of exhibitions.
KENDYLL GROSS | COORDINATOR OF EDUCATION AND VISITOR SERVICES
Kendyll holds a BA from Emory University and an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where she specialized in the art of Mesoamerica, and modern appropriations of ancient art forms. She has worked with the Blanton Museum of Art as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, and with UT’s Mesoamerica Center as a Curatorial Research Assistant. Her public education experience includes researching and preparing lectures for a range of audiences—from K-12, to university groups, to museum volunteers.
SONJA REID | COORDINATOR OF EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS
Sonja brings her skills in hand crafts, conservation, and museum registration to her job as Coordinator of Collections and Exhibitions. She has worked at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Bryn Mawr College, an associate degree in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston MA, and an MSIS with a concentration in the conservation of library and archival materials from the University of Texas at Austin.
THE IDEA LAB
210 w. 24th St. Austin, TX 78705 | Gordon White Building 2.204 | 512. 471. 1784
THE CHRISTIAN-GREEN GALLERY
201 E. 21st St. Austin, TX 78751 | Beauford H. Jester Center A232A | 512. 471. 0254
EDUCATION COORDINATOR & GALLERY TOURS
Kendyll Gross – firstname.lastname@example.org
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The arts have a vital role to play in our understanding of each other -- giving voice and visibility to infinite narratives. When you give to AGBS, you are making an important statement. You are providing access to art spaces which celebrate and support artists of the Black Diaspora -- affirming that people of all colors, and their stories, belong in art spaces.
YOUR GIFT IMPACTS
EVERY PART OF THE GALLERIES
ART AS AN EDUCATOR
College-aged and K-12 students are exposed to artistic expression that focuses on the representations of historically excluded communities.
ART AS AN EQUALIZER
Our galleries provide platforms for both emerging and well-established artists to share their work, connect with one another, and forge connections with scholars across our campus and beyond.
ART AS A TRAINING GROUND
Students are provided paid opportunities to cultivate their understanding of gallery administration.
ART AND ARCHIVE INITIATIVE:
INTEGRATING UT'S ARCHIVAL AND ARTISTIC LEGACY
Recognizing the power of inclusivity, AGBS collects artworks, archival material, and ephemera by and about Black people across the globe, for our collection and other institutions on campus. Representation matters. These efforts, guided by faculty, staff, students, and community, are making UT Austin a significant site to study the art and material culture of the Black diaspora. Give today to support The Art and Archive Initiative, the most dynamic collection effort on campus.
AGBS is honored to recognize our Gratitude Circle donors who provide vital support to the galleries' mission, exhibitions, and programs. Through their generous contributions, AGBS can continue to act as a platform for education, equalize access to diverse arts, and train young artists, scholars, curators, and new art lovers. Donors who want to deepen their investment to AGBS are invited to give at the $5,000.00 level and above.
AGBS Guild — $5,000+
Visionary Funders — $10,000+
Executive Director's Circle — $20,000+
HERE ARE A FEW WAYS WE WILL SHOW OUR GRATITUDE
Acknowledgement in Donor Recognition Programs
Special invitations to show openings and gallery events
Promotional and commemorative materials spotlighting exhibitions
Private tours from staff and curators
To learn more information about deepening your commitment to the arts for all and joining our gratitude circles, please contact Shaleiah Fox at Shaleiah.email@example.com.