Cummer Resources

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

Art »
Upcoming Exhibitions
Past Exhibitions
European Collection
American Collection
Meissen Porcelain Collection
Special Collections
Gardens »
Upper Garden
English Garden
Olmsted Garden
Italian Garden
Season Highlights
Garden Ornaments
Education »
Art Connections
For Teachers
For Kids
Get Involved »
Join the Cummer
Benefits and Levels
Membership Groups
Our Partners
Make A Donation
Volunteer Opportunities




Written by: Katie Dietzel, Public Relations Intern

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Chip Southworth is a contributing artist for LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience which presents a modern response to Jacksonville’s African American Heritage, while using the lyrics to James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as inspiration.

Chip Southworth, Tamir Rice, 2016, oil enamel on birch panel, 62 x 62 in.

Southworth has been a practicing artist for the past 25 years. He studied Fine Art at Florida State University and digital design at the Art Institute of Jacksonville. In 1991 and 1992 he served as an apprentice for Master Artist Roland Hockett. Southworth quit his design job in 2013 to pursue painting full time.

Chip Southworth, Trayvon Martin, 2016, oil enamel on birch panel, 62 x 62 in.

His large scale portraits and figurative work are both artistic and a form of advocacy. He describes his inspiration from Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as an interpretation of our nations struggle for equality while still having “one foot firmly planted in the hate of yesteryear.” The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Tamir Rice are the focal point of his art for this exhibition.

Chip Southworth, Jordan Davis, oil enamel on birch panel, 62 x 62 in.

“I have always felt a sense of white guilt and burden of entitlement, so my work seeks to use my voice to sing as loudly as I can for those who have had their rights limited or taken away,” says Southworth.

To learn more about Chip Southworth visit his page at the CoRK Art District.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Post Author

This post was written by who has written 81 posts on The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Comments are closed.