April 7, 1940~ Booker T. Washington is first African-American honored on U.S. postage stamp

10 cent Booker T. Washington stamp by USPS; part of Famous Americans series

1940 / Engraving, dark brown ink on paper; adhesive / National Postal Museum Collection, Smithsonian Institution, D.C.

Booker T. Washington by Harris & Ewing, Inc.

Digital image from glass negative of unknown date (between 1905 and 1915) / Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, D.C.

Previous April 7 posts:

Spring~ April 7

Billie Holiday: April 7, 1915-July 17, 1959

Billie Holiday: Born on April 7, 1915

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/7~

March 7, 1965~ “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama

Confrontation at the Bridge by Jacob Lawrence

1975/ Screenprint on paper / Image: 19 1/2″x25 15/16″ / Various collections, incl. the Art Institute of Chicago

Previous March 7 posts:

March 7~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Piet Mondrian: March 7, 1872-February 1, 1944

March 7, 1965: Selma to Montgomery Marches begin

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/7~

February 27, 1924~ Artist, author, & art historian Samella Lewis is born

Together We Stand (Poetry By Maya Angelou) by Samella Lewis

1997 / Hand embellished lithograph / 30 1/2”x37 3/4” / Various private collections

February 27, 1924: Samella Sanders Lewis, artist, art historian, author and educator, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lewis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University in 1945 and her Master of Arts degree in 1948 and Ph. D. in 1951 from Ohio State University. She was the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in fine arts and art history. Lewis became chair of the Fine Arts Department at Florida A&M University in 1952. From 1969 to 1984, she was professor of art history at Scripps College. She founded Contemporary Crafts in 1969, the first African American owned art publishing house. Lewis founded the International Review of African American Art in 1975 and was a co-founder of the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, California in 1976. Lewis published “African American Art and Artists,” a history of African American art since the colonial era, in 1978. She has also published works on Elizabeth Catlett and Richmond Barthe.
https://thewright.org/index.php/explore/educational-resources/2013-11-28-11-27-37/entry/today-in-black-history-2272015

Previous February 27 posts:

February 27~ African-American visual artists

Marian Anderson: Born February 27, 1897

Elizabeth Taylor: Born February 27, 1932

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/27~

November 26~ Artists at their Easels

Self-Portrait  by  James A. Porter

c.1935 / Oil paint on linen / 14”x12” / National Museum of African American History & Culture

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The Painter and his Family  by  André Derain

c.1939 / Oil paint on canvas / 69 1/2”x48 3/4” / Tate Gallery

Hispanic Artists~September 27

Archaeological Find #22: The Aftermath  by  Raphael Montañez Ortiz

1962 / Destroyed sofa (wood, cotton, vegetable fiber, wire, and glue) on wood backing
El Museo del Barrio, New York

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La Ascensión (The Ascension)  by  Graciela Iturbide

1984 / Gelatin silver photograph / 12”x8” / Various, incl. Brooklyn Museum

Hispanic Artists~September 26

Constructive Cathedral  by  Joaquín Torres-García

1931 / Oil on canvas / 27 3/4”x23” / National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina, Buenos Aires
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Medea  by  Rodolfo Abularach

1974 / Oil on canvas / 24”x30” / Museum of Republic Bank Art Collection, Bogota, Colombia

Hispanic Artists~September 15

Paisaje de Cornellá (Cornellá Landscape) by Rafael Barradas

1926 / Oil on canvas / 22”x30” / Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
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Self-Portrait with Cigarette by Celeste Woss y Gil

c.1940 / Oil on canvas / 19”x15” / Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes,
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic