Dane Tilghman, Premier Painter of the African-American Experience
Dane Tilghman is constantly taking his artwork towards new dimensions; he has gone from realism to incorporating his own interpretations of surrealism and elongation. Over the years, Dane has established himself as one of the premier painters of African American Golf Art and Negro League Baseball images. Since 1979, Dane has exhibited his artwork throughout the North/South-East at festivals, galleries, trade shows, and conventions. Dane has received numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor in Graphics from the American Artists Professional League. In 1999, a Dane Tilghman baseball image was incorporated into the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown. Additionally, Dane has created a baseball mural for Turner Stadium in Atlanta and he has displayed his Negro League Baseball Prints at Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia. Venues where Dane’s art has appeared have not been limited to galleries and sports related events; his artwork has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, on ESPN’s website, various scholastic books published by McGraw-Hill, and the Western Journal of Black Studies vol. 16. Dane’s work has been seen on popular TV shows, such as “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne,” and articles have appeared on Dane in US Art, Upscale and Black Parenting magazine. In 1989 and 1995, Dane’s art was included in an exhibition at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia. In addition, Dane has exhibited his artwork in solo shows at various universities…including Widener University, West Chester University, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Butler Institute of Fine Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Dane’s work has even been presented to various notable individuals, including Dave Winfield, Ozzie Davis, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Cosby. Dane’s art is in great demand and is available on various art products: church bulletins, ceramic mugs, church fans, golf apparel, and greeting cards. Dane’s philosophy is best described as bringing out the best of the African American Experience.
Dane Tilghman supplied the art for this year’s Lancaster Roots and Blues poster. It is a painting of the great Elmore James! We’ll be selling these at the festival.