Letitia Huckaby

Letitia smiling, wearing glasses, black T-shirt, hair pulled back

2010: M.F.A., Studio Art: Photography
2022 Texas Artist of the Year, Art League Houston
Visiting Assistant Professor, CVAD

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Letitia Huckaby is an acclaimed American photo-based multimedia artist who explores Black American heritage, cultural traditions, and faith. Huckaby's recent projects include a major museum exhibition, a feature in the New York Times, and a new publication.

Exhibition: "Letitia Huckaby: Bitter Waters Sweet"
May 6–July 29, 2023
Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas

In her series Bitter Waters Sweet (2022), the photographer Letitia Huckaby traces the lineage of Africatown, the community just north of Mobile, Ala., where Huckaby traces some current inhabitants who are related to West Africans who were enslaved and transported to the United States on the Clotilda, the recently excavated slave ship. In documenting the place and its people, Huckaby hopes to convey that “emancipation is not a definitive idea; it’s a process. Read the article in Ebony by Delaina DixonRead the article in Ebony by Delaina Dixon.

Exhibition: "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation"
March 12–July 9, 2023
Organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, and 
Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Letitia standing next to a photo on fabric in an oval frame.On view during the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this exhibition visualizes what freedom looks like for Black Americans today and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond. "160 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation, Black Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Freedom" in the "New York Times." Read the article, "A Peek Behind the Bloodstained Curtains of the Blacklips Performance Cult," by Abigail Glasgow, March 9, 2023.

Framed art of the silhouette of Mr. Dennison in profile against a yellow floral print.Huckaby has exhibited as an emerging artist at Phillips New York, the Tyler Museum of Art, The Studio School of Harlem, Renaissance Fine Art in Harlem, curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., The McKenna Museum in New Orleans, the Camden Palace Hotel in Cork City, Ireland, and the Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Her work is included in several prestigious collections; the Library of Congress, the McNay Art Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, and the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Huckaby was a featured artist in MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain at the Amon Carter Museum and State of the Art 2020 at Crystal Bridges Museum. Ms. Huckaby was a Fall 2020 Art Pace Artist in Residence and is represented by the Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas.

Huckaby co-founded Kinfolk House, 1913 Wallace St., Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband Sedrick Huckaby. This collaborative project space inhabits a 100-year-old historic home, where community and art converge in the predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhood of Polytechnic in Fort Worth, Texas. Kinfolk House presents more than simple exhibitions or pairings of artists; it provokes dialogue between artists and creatives. The term kinfolk speaks to family ties forged by blood. At Kinfolk House, all who walk through the doors become a thread in our family. The desire is that each connection will craft a patchwork of creativity, power, and culture, ensuring the Kinfolk legacy lives on for generations to come.

Huckaby also holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., and a B.F.A. in photography from the Art Institute of Boston — now the Art School at Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass. She is represented by the Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas.

Image 1: Photo by Allie Moore

Image 2: Photo of Letitia Huckaby by Paul Leicht.

Image 3 Artwork: 
"Mr. Dennison" 2022 by Leticia Huckaby
Pigment Print on Fabric with Embroidery 
71 x 41 inches