Karen Hampton, Dr. Kathleen Deagan and Dr. Jane Landers – Folio 2.0 / EU Jacksonville

Alongside her current exhibition, “Origins,” artist Karen Hampton will join her colleagues, Dr. Kathleen Deagan and Dr. Jane Landers, in a panel discussion to contextualize the place of the Clarke-Garvin family in the history of Spanish Florida and the United States.

Karen Hampton’s work uses hand-woven textiles, digital prints and fabric embroidery, as well as hand-dyed fabrics to consider her own lineage and how these individuals relate to Black American history. in Spanish Florida, the United States and the African Diaspora. Often fusing age-old methods of textile production with more experimental contemporary processes, the work represents a window into the world his ancestors had to traverse, from the late 1700s through the Civil War, and back to their Florida homeland. .

Through extensive genealogical research, Karen Hampton has traced her family to descendants of St. Augustine, Florida, which includes British-born George JF Clarke (1774-1836), who served as Surveyor General and Lt. governor during the Second Spanish Period, and his unmarried wife Flora Leslie (1771-1832), a former slave he freed. The fascinating story of their large, multiracial landowning family from the late 18th to mid-19th century has been the catalyst for continued work since his first visit to St. Augustine in 2006.

Karen Hampton recently held solo exhibitions at venues including Michigan State University Union Art Gallery (2018), Jack Bell Gallery, London (2017), Honolulu Museum of Art (2016-17) and Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art (2015). His work has also been included in several group exhibitions, including FRITZ Gallery, Santa Fe (2018), Roberts Project, Culver City, CA (2018) Pomona College (2015), Muskegon Museum of Art (2012-15), GATEWAY Art Center (2011) and Washington, DC (2008-11). Hampton is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Dr Kathleen Deagan is Curator Emeritus of Archaeological Research and Lockwood Professor Emeritus of Florida and Caribbean Archeology at the University of Florida.

His research focuses on the archeology of the Spanish colonial period in Florida and the Caribbean. She has conducted excavations in St. Augustine, Florida since 1972, including the identification and excavation of Ft. Mose, the first free black community in America and the first Spanish settlement in Florida (1565-1566). Since 1980, she has directed excavation programs in the Caribbean, including La Isabela, the first city of Christopher Columbus in America in collaboration with José M. Cruxent. She also directed archaeological programs at Concepción de la Vega (1496-1562) in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Real, Haiti (1502-1578) and the En Bas Saline site in Haiti – a large Taíno town believed to be the site of La Navidad, the first fort of Christopher Columbus, in 1492. She has consulted for historical preservation and archeology in Spain, Venezuela, Panama, Peru, Jamaica and Honduras.

Deagan is the author of eight books and over 70 scientific articles. She was named an Alumna of Outstanding Distinction by the University of Florida in 1998 and is the recipient of the Society for Historical Archeology’s JC Harrington Award for Lifetime Distinction. In 2016, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesand in 2018 was elected to Academy of História de la República Dominica. She was awarded the “Order of La Florida” by the City of St. Augustine in 2007 for her distinguished service to the city.

Dr Jane Landers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. She is director of the digital archives of slave societies and, since 2015, she has been an American member of the UNESCO international scientific committee for the Slave Route project. Landers’ award-winning monographs include Black Society in Spanish Florida and Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions and she is the co-author or editor of five other books dealing with the history of African and Indigenous resistance in Florida and the Atlantic world. His research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the British Library Endangered Archives Programme, among others. She was president of the Conference on Latin American History and founding president of its Atlantic World Section, the Forum on Early Modern Empires and Global Interactions, and the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association, and is currently president. of the American Historical Association’s International Historical Activities Committee.

This program is supported by a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

Edward K. Thompson