Art History Scholar: Sylvia Ardyn Boone

First African American woman to receive tenure at Yale

The prize is given in memory of Sylvia Boone, a noted scholar of African art, who was the first tenured African-American woman on the Yale faculty. Vera Wells, Yale ’71, established the award to honor Sylvia Boone’s life and work.

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Books by Sylvia Ardyn Boone


West African Travels            Radiance from the Waters
                                         Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art