The Peterson Legacy

Photographic Exhibition - 19th Century Family 1865 - Present


Sunny Nash - Curator

Posted by [email protected] on November 24, 2015 at 2:30 AM


Sunny Nash 

I am a former syndicated columnist, and the author of Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's (Texas A&M University Press) about life with my part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement, selected by the Association of American University Presses as a book for understanding U.S. race relations; and recommended by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida for Native American collections.

My photography, recognized by Women in Photography International and the Black Photographers Guild, was featured as a symposium topic and collected by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. included my biography and photography in the reference volume, Reflections in Black: a photographic history of black photographers, 1840 - the present, (W.W. Norton, New York 2000). Two of my photographs from the volume were installed with the internationally touring Smithsonian Exhibition, Reflections in Black.

In 2008, I was commissioned as a biographer for the 8-volume African American National Biography, a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.

My historic restorations, document reproductions and oral histories won the 2014-15 Ottis Lock Endowment Award & Research Grant, and showed at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In 2014, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant through the Carnegie History Center to moderate a panel for the NEH national series, Created Equal and commissioned by the Carnegie History Center to compile the proceedings document. I am a three-time winner of Arts Council for Long Beach (California) Professional Artist Fellowships.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts: School of Journalism & Broadcast News, Texas A&M University
  • Graduate Certificate: Instructional Technology, University of California, San Diego
  • Specialization Adjunct Professors: Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications, Arizona State University
  • Professional Development: Digital & Visual Literacy, Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science 


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