The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent.
The cornerstone of Center's collection is 58 works by twenty well-known 20th-century African-American artists. These include Romare Bearden, who was regarded as one of the greatest American artists of his generation; Henry Ossawa Tanner, one of the first African-American artists to achieve acclaim in both America and Europe; as well as Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley, and Hale Woodruff.
The building itself is notable. The innovative architectural skin utilizes patterns reminiscent of quilt designs from the Underground Railroad era and woven textile patterns from West Africa.