Born December 31~ Selma Burke

Selma Hortense Burke (December 31, 1900-August 29, 1995) was an American sculptor, educator, and member of the Harlem Renaissance movement.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma_Burke

Monument to the Tuskegee Airmen by Selma Burke / 1942 / Bronze / 9-1/4″x6″x6″
From The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art, San Francisco, CA

Selma Burke on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/selma-burke/

Further reading:
https://www.ncmaahc.org/posts/selma-burke
https://thejohnsoncollection.org/selma-burke/
https://www.villagepreservation.org/2021/03/01/groundbreaking-artist-and-educator-selma-hortense-burkes-home-at-88-east-10th-street/

Born December 17~ Paula Wilson

Paula Wilson (born December 17, 1975) is an American mixed-media artist creating works examining cultural history, individual identity, and the female persona.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Wilson

Data Unloaded by Paula Wilson
2008 / Collage, watercolor, colored pencil on paper / 41-1/4″x26″
Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Paula Wilson on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/paula-wilson/

Further reading:
https://paulajwilson.com/
https://traveler.marriott.com/storybooked/paula-wilson/
http://www.strangefirecollective.com/qa-paula-wilson

Born November 26~ Kara Walker

Kara Elizabeth Walker (born November 26, 1969) is a contemporary African-American artist known for her exploration of race, stereotypes, gender, and identity throughout American history.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kara_Walker

Pack-Mules in the Mountains, from the portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) by Kara Walker
2005 / Offset lithograph and screenprint on paper / 53”x39” / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

Kara Walker on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/kara-walker/

Further reading:
https://walkerart.org/collections/artists/kara-walker
https://fineartglobe.com/artists/kara-walkers-take-on-our-troubled-times/
https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/kara-walker-cut-to-the-quick/

Born November 11~ Beulah Ecton Woodard

Beulah Ecton Woodard (November 11, 1895-July 13, 1955) was an American sculptor and painter and the first African-American artist to show at LACMA.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beulah_Woodard

Young Boy (Chuck) by Beulah Ecton Woodard
1954 / Painted clay (fired) / 12-1/2″x10″x6″ / Private collection

Beulah Ecton Woodard on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/beulah-woodard/

Further reading:
https://cshockart.com/2017/02/05/artist-a-day-challenge-5-beulah-ecton-woodard/
https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/BEULAH-WOODARD-(1895—1955)-African-Woman?saleno=2156&lotNo=8&refNo=606026
https://web.archive.org/web/20130730204726/http://maa.missouri.edu/objects/euroam/2007-4AmWoodardMaudelle.html

See also: https://schristywolfe.com/2020/03/19/womens-history-month-in-visual-arts-march-19/

Born November 4~ Keisha Scarville

Keisha Scarville (born November 4, 1975) is an American photographer and multimedia artist. She is an adjunct faculty member at ICP and Parsons School of Art & Design in New York.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keisha_Scarville

Untitled from Mama’s Clothes Series (Submerged Hand) by Keisha Scarville
2017 / Archival digital pigment print / 17”x11” / Editions 1-10 of 10 + 2AP

Keisha Scarville on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/keisha-scarville/

Further reading:
https://www.lightwork.org/archive/keisha-scarville-alma/
https://www.womenandperformance.org/ampersand/28-3-rose-king-scarville
http://mokomagazine.org/wordpress/2018/01/02/i-am-here-an-interview-with-keisha-scarville/

Born November 3~ Lois Mailou Jones

Loïs Mailou Jones (November 3, 1905-June 9, 1998) was an American artist and educator. Jones’ career began in the 1930s and she continued to produce art work until her death in 1998 at the age of 92.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_Mailou_Jones

Ubi Girl from Tai Region by Lois Mailou Jones
1972 / Acrylic on canvas / 43-3/4″x60″ / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lois Mailou Jones on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/lois-mailou-jones/

Further reading:
https://nmwa.org/art/artists/lois-mailou-jones/
https://fredericmagazine.com/2021/02/lois-mailou-jones-artist-textile-design/
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug01/westkaemper/callaloo/mailoujones.html

Born November 1~ Margaret Taylor-Burroughs

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (November 1, 1915-November 21, 2010) was an American visual artist, writer, poet, educator, and arts organizer. She co-founded what is now the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Taylor-Burroughs

Family by Margaret Taylor-Burroughs
1963 / Linocut on Japanese paper / 19″x15″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/margaret-taylor-goss-burroughs/

Further reading:
http://www.margaretburroughs.com/biography/
https://www.dusablemuseum.org/exhibition/south-side-stories/
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/margaret-burroughs

Born October 8~ Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930) is an American painter, author, illustrator, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist, best known for her narrative quilts.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Ringgold

Sonny’s Bridge by Faith Ringgold
1986 / Acrylic on cotton canvas / 84-1/2″x60″ / High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Faith Ringgold on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/faith-ringgold/

Further reading:
https://www.faithringgold.com/
https://www.thecollector.com/faith-ringgold-makes-it-possible/
https://www.wmagazine.com/culture/faith-ringgold-art-studio-glenstone

Books by Faith Ringgold: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/faith-ringgold.html

Born October 7~ Rose Piper

Rose Theodora Piper (October 7, 1917-May 11, 2005) was a painter in the 1940s. She then ran a greeting card company, designed textiles, and raised her family, returning to painting in the 1980s. Piper’s style shifted throughout her career.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Piper

Blues Singer by Rose Piper
1989 / Mixed media on paper / 24-1/2″x19″ / Petrucci Family Foundation Collection

Rose Piper on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/rose-piper/

Further reading:
https://aaregistry.org/story/rose-piper-artist-born/
https://focusonafricanamericanart.com/product-category/rose-piper/
https://www.philiphautmann.at/homage-to-rose-piper/

Born September 22~ Alma Thomas

Alma Woodsey Thomas (September 22, 1891-February 24, 1978) was an African-American artist and educator who is best known for her colorful, abstract compositions.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Thomas

Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers by Alma Thomas
1968 / Acrylic on canvas / 57-7/8″x50″ / The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Alma Thomas on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/alma-woodsey-thomas/

Further reading:
https://www.moma.org/artists/47098
https://www.artnews.com/feature/alma-thomas-who-is-she-why-is-she-important-1234599867/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/alma-thomas-retrospective-1973476

“Alma W. Thomas:: Everything Is Beautiful” exhibition: https://chrysler.org/exhibition/alma-thomas/