Colored Frames

Colored Frames

A Visual Art Documentary

Colored Frames chronicles the Black artist’s struggle for visibility and acceptance. As legendary artist Benny Andrews puts it, Black artists seek to be included or excluded on the basis of quality, “eliminate it on the basis that its not acceptable,” Andrews implores, “not because it’s Black.”

The film trumpets the value behind an engaged audience that consumes mainstream images consciously. The film highlights the beauty that comes from variety in representation, as writer and art historian Mary Schmidt Campbell acknowledges about Black art specifically, and the Black experience in general, “we have a lot of beauty to contribute to this country, and I take a lot of pride in that.”

With concise interview segments and impressionistic video collages, Colored Frames is a documentary showcasing the works of contemporary Black artists. The film explores the conversation of art and the Black experience and seeks to eliminate years of negative stereotyping and assumptions that come with images of Blackness in America.

Colored Frames has aired for over 6 years on PBS stations across the United States.


Benny Andrews, John Ashford, Gustave Blache III, Linda Goode Bryant, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Nanette Carter, Ed Clark, Adger Cowans, Francks Deceus, Larry Hampton, Marva Huston, Gordon James, June Kelly, John Kisch, Wangechi Mutu, Otto Neals, Ron Ollie, Howardena Pindell, Danny Simmons, Michael Singletary, Dianne Smith, Duane Smith, TAFA, Ann Tanksley



For inquiries regarding licensing the film for library, education use, or public screening please contact [email protected].


Sometimes doing a seemingly very demanding task turns out to be fun. Here’s the proof – Bryson, a new portfolio we made for you.