Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Exhibit: Artists Roundtable

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Open to the public

Join Jessica Salow, assistant archivist of Black Collections at the ASU Library, Dr. Marshall Grigsby, artist Clottee Hammons and Senina Woods Harris for an online conversation about the stories behind the exhibit, “Black History at ASU: The Legacy of Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby Jr.”  Please register to receive the Zoom link.

This new exhibit at ASU’s Hayden Library on the Tempe campus features engaging works of art by local Black artists who were mentored by renowned artist, educator and community activist Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. (1918-2013).

Dr. Marshall Grigsby is the son of Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. 

Clottee A. Hammons, creative director for Emancipation Arts, grew up in the segregated downtown Phoenix area and is the granddaughter of a 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier. She views that legacy with pride and a strong sense of social responsibility. Hammons is an artist, writer, poet, activist, educator and prevention specialist. She views her special call as a “community builder” and works in grateful collaboration with numerous artists, organizations and individuals while being conscientious and mindful of honoring her ancestors.

Senina Woods Harris is the daughter of Roosevelt “Rip” Woods and sibling of Dee Dee Woods.

Roosevelt “Rip” Woods (1933-2001) was born in Idabel, Oklahoma and moved to Phoenix, Arizona as a child. His strong passion for art led him to a unique special interest program at Carver High School. There he flourished under the wings of Grigsby. His education and experiences ultimately led him to ASU’s School of Art where he taught painting and drawing for 27 years, culminating as professor emeritus. 

Dee Dee Woods (1961-2018) grew up in a family of gifted musicians, dancers, literary, culinary and visual artists. As a little girl, Dee Dee enjoyed helping out in the kitchen with the elder members of her family asking questions, designing and planning menus for the many gatherings of friends and family. Dee Dee was also fortunate to spend a considerable amount of time in the studio of her father, Rip Woods, where she became acquainted with renowned artists and various genres of art. 

Event contact

Jessica Salow, Assistant Archivist of Black Collections

Tuesday, March 28, 2023


5:00 pm6:30 pm (MST)