February 18~ African-American visual artists

Charles W. White (1918-1979), African-American Social Realist painter, printmaker, and muralist

Missouri C / 1972 / Etching / 19 13/16”x35 9/16″

Roy DeCarava (1919-2009),
African-American artist and photographer

Lingerie / 1950 / Gelatin silver print / 11”x14”

February 17~ African-American visual artists

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), African-American painter, printmaker, and academic

The Photographer / 1942 / Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper / 22 1/8”x30 1/2”

Robert H. McNeill (1917-2005)
African-American photographer who chronicled black life in the U.S.

Make A Wish (Bronx Slave Market, 170th Street, New York) / 1938 / Gelatin silver print / 7 1/2”x9 5/8”

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915-April 2, 2012)

Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett used her art to advocate for social change in both the U.S. and her adopted country of Mexico for almost three-quarters of a century.
The granddaughter of former slaves, Catlett was raised in Washington, D.C. Her father died before she was born and her mother held several jobs to raise three children. Refused admission to Carnegie Institute of Technology because of her race, Catlett enrolled at Howard University, where her teachers included artist Catlett1Loïs Mailou Jones and philospher Alain Locke. She graduated with honors in 1935 and went on to earn the first the first M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of Iowa five years later.
Grant Wood, her painting teacher at Iowa, encouraged students to make art about what they knew best and to experiment with different mediums, inspiring Catlett to create lithographs, linoleum cuts, and sculpture in wood, stone, clay, and bronze. She drew subjects from African American and later Mexican life.
In 1946, a grant from the Rosenwald Foundation enabled Catlett to move to Mexico City with her husband, Catlett2printmaker Charles White. There she joined the Taller de Gráfica Popular, an influential and political group of printmakers. At the Taller, Catlett met the Mexican artist Francisco Mora, whom she married after divorcing White and with whom she had three sons.


Encyclopædia Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Elizabeth-Catlett
Contemporary Wing: http://contemporarywing.com/artists/elizabeth-catlett
NYT~”Elizabeth Catlett, Sculptor With Eye on Social Issues, Is Dead at 96″: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/arts/design/elizabeth-catlett-sculptor-with-eye-on-social-issues-dies-at-96.html

February 16~ African-American visual artists



Ernest Crichlow (1914-2005), African-American painter, illustrator, and graphic artist

Shoe Shine / 1953 / Oil on Masonite / 16 1/16”x12 1/16”









Hughie Lee-Smith (1915-1999),
African-American artist and educator

Untitled (Maypole) / c.1955 / Oil on Masonite /19”x13 1/2″

February 15~ African-American visual artists

Gordon Parks (1912-2006), African-American photographer, writer, composer and filmmaker

Department Store, Mobile, Alabama / 1956 / 20”x16” / Archival Pigment Print



















Alarm / 1985 / Oil on linen / 52”x64”

Felrath Hines (1913-1993), African-American abstract painter and art conservator


February 14~ African-American visual artists









Jackie Ormes (1911-1985), First African-American Female Syndicated Cartoonist

Torchy in Heartbeats / The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Prominent African-American artist and writer

Sunday After Sermon / 1969 / Collage on cardboard / 40”x50”


February 13~ African-American visual artists

Norman Lewis (1909-1979), African-American painter, scholar, and teacher

Evening Rendezvous / 1962 / Oil on linen / 50 1/4”x64 1/4”











Henry Wilmer “Mike” Bannarn
African-American sculptor, figurist, and character artist

Cleota Collins / 1932 / Plaster, pigment / 17 5/16”x8 3/4”x7 1/4”

February 12~ African-American visual artists

Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998)
African-American painter, educator, and champion of international black artists

Jeanne, Martiniquaise / 1938 / Oil on canvas / 24”x28 1/2”











Elmer Simms Campbell (1906-1971)
First African-American illustrator to break the color line in mass-market publications

New Yorker cover / February 3rd, 1934 / Painting

February 11~ African-American visual artists

Richmond Barthé (1901-1989)
African-American sculptor with many notable public works

Head of a Woman / date? / Bronze / 15”x9x8 1/2”




William H. Johnson (1901-1970)
African-American expressionist painter and printmaker

Training for War / c.1941 / Screenprint and pochoir with hand additions / 11 7/16”x17 3/8″

February 10~ African-American visual artists

Selma Burke (1900-1995)
African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance

Untitled (Woman and Child) / c.1950 / Painted red oak / 47 1/8”x12 3/4”x11 3/4”



Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)
African-American modernist painter

Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald / 1968 / Oil on canvas / 24”x19.5”