Born July 30~ Betye Saar

Betye Irene Saar (born July 30, 1926) is an African-American artist known for her works in assemblage, collage, and printmaking.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betye_Saar

Gris-Gris Box by Betye Saar
1972 / Mixed-media assemblage / 29″x8-1/2″x2-3/4″ / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Betye Saar on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/betye-saar/

Further reading:
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/betye-saar
https://sculpturemagazine.art/ritual-politics-and-transformation-betye-saar/
https://www.artfuljaunts.com/magazine/how-betye-saars-travel-sketchbooks-guide-her-powerful-sculptures-about-race-in-america
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a36182098/betye-saar-daughters-in-conversation/

Born July 23~ Hilda Wilkinson Brown

Hilda Rue Wilkinson Brown (July 23, 1894–July 12, 1981) was an American illustrator, painter, printmaker, and educator.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilda_Rue_Wilkinson_Brown

Oak Bluffs by Hilda Wilkinson Brown
c.1940 / Graphite, with erasing on paper / 16″x11″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Hilda Wilkinson Brown on Invaluable: https://www.invaluable.com/artist/brown-hilda-wilkinson-em2sag38dq/

Further reading:
https://kindredspiritsfilm.com/the-artists/
https://allarts.org/programs/kindred-spirits-artists-hilda-wilkinson-brown-and-lilian-thomas-burwell/summers-oak-bluffs-7s7ih5/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1981/07/15/hilda-brown-professor-of-art-at-college-dies/af0a2bd3-b75d-4401-8346-99ef1ce045ce/
https://www.wnyc.org/story/brownies-book-anna-holmes/

Born July 5~ Virginia R. Harris

Virginia R. Harris (born July 5, 1937) is a quilt maker and master fabric artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, and many private collections.
No biography available

Seeing Red by Virginia R. Harris
2000 / Fabrics: silk; cotton; other / 54″ x 40″ / Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

World Quilts: The American Story~ https://worldquilts.quiltstudy.org/americanstory/engagement/politics

More links:
https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/candy-box-71469
https://youtu.be/-s9msbBkEJU
https://youtu.be/QbWimgNIzr0

Born July 4~ Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis (c.July 4, 1844-September 17, 1907) was a sculptor of African American and Native American heritage who was among the first black sculptors known to achieve international fame.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonia_Lewis

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Edmonia Lewis
1872 / Marble / Height: 27″ / Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, UK

Edmonia Lewis on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/edmonia-lewis/

Further reading:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/obituaries/overlooked-edmonia-lewis-sculptor.html
https://hyperallergic.com/434881/edmonia-lewis-grave/
http://iraaa.museum.hamptonu.edu/page/Rare-Edmonia-Lewis-Photo-Discovered
https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/edmonia-lewis-smithsonian-american-art-museum/gQJi3NKm3VagLg?hl=en

Born June 26~ Barbara Chase-Riboud

Barbara Chase-Riboud (born June 26, 1939) is an American visual artist and sculptor, bestselling novelist, and award-winning poet.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Chase-Riboud

Akhmatova’s Monument by Barbara Chase-Riboud
1995 / Color offset lithograph, edition of 100; design for unrealized sculpture / 30″ x 22″ / Brandywine Workshop and Archives

Barbara Chase-Riboud on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/barbara-chase-riboud/

Further reading:
https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/chase-riboud-barbara-1939/
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste_prixaware/barbara-chase-riboud/
https://hyperallergic.com/430657/barbara-chase-riboud-malcom-x-sculptures-book/

Born June 9~ Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (June 9, 1877-March 18, 1968), an American sculptor, is known for her groundbreaking depictions of the African and African-American experience.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_Vaux_Warrick_Fuller

Ethiopia by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller / c.1921 / Paint on plaster / 13″x3-1/2″x3-7/8″
National Museum of African American History and Culture, DC

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/meta-vaux-warrick-fuller/

Further reading:
http://biographies.framinghamhistory.org/meta-warrick-fuller/
https://www.themagazineantiques.com/article/the-sculpture-of-meta-vaux-warrick-fuller/
https://danforth.framingham.edu/exhibition/meta-fuller/

Born May 16~ Laura Wheeler Waring

Laura Wheeler Waring (May 16, 1887-February 3, 1948) was an American artist and educator, best known for her paintings of prominent African-Americans that she made during the Harlem Renaissance.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Wheeler_Waring

Evangeline Rachel Hall by Laura Wheeler Waring
c.1930 / Oil on canvas / Size? / Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Archives
Found here: http://paheritage.wpengine.com/article/life-portrait-laura-wheeler-waring-anna-washington-derry/

Laura Wheeler Waring on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/laura-wheeler-waring/

Further reading:
https://www.cwhf.org/inductees/laura-wheeler-waring
http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/dec/14/painter-laura-wheeler-waring-noted-her-portraits-a/
https://www.blackartinamerica.com/index.php/2021/02/13/baia-bits-laura-wheeler-waring/

Born April 26~ Vivian Browne

Vivian E. Browne (April 26, 1929–July 23, 1993) was an African-American artist, activist, and professor known for her sociopolitical portraits and abstracted paintings.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_E._Browne

Mother by Vivian Browne
1961 / Oil on canvas / 42-1/2″x36-3/4″ / Ryan Lee Gallery, NYC

Vivian Browne on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/artist/vivian-browne/works-for-sale

Further reading:
https://maryryangallery.com/artists/vivian-browne/
https://wsimag.com/art/50857-vivian-browne
https://www.artandeducation.net/announcements/214768/acts-of-art-and-rebuttal-in-1971

Born April 17~ Barbara Jones-Hogu

Barbara Jones-Hogu (April 17, 1938-November 14, 2017) was a painter, printmaker, filmmaker, and educator from Chicago. She was a member of OBAC and co-founded the artists’ collective AfriCOBRA.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Jones-Hogu

God’s Child by Barbara Jones-Hogu
2009 / Twelve color screenprint on Arches 88 paper / Image: 14″x23 1/4″ / DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Barbara Jones-Hogu on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/barbara-jones-hogu/

Further reading:
https://never-the-same.org/interviews/barbara-jones-hogu/
https://www.culturetype.com/2017/11/21/chicago-artist-barbara-jones-hogu-a-founding-member-of-africobra-has-died/
http://www.areachicago.org/the-history-philosophy-and-aesthetics-of-africobra/

Born April 15~ Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915-April 2, 2012) was an African-American artist who explored themes relating to race and feminism in her range of sculpture, paintings, and prints.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Catlett

Mother and Child by Elizabeth Catlett
1956 / Terra cotta / 11 1/4″x7″x7″ / Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Elizabeth Catlett on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/elizabeth-catlett/

Further reading:
https://schristywolfe.com/2016/04/15/11216/
https://nmaahc.si.edu/latinx/elizabeth-catlett
https://philamuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/artist-focus-elizabeth-catlett