Pride Month~ June 7

Violet Oakley (1874-1961)
The first American woman to receive a public mural commission

June / c.1902 / Oil, charcoal, and graphite on composition board / 16 3/16”x 17 1/16”












Romaine Brooks (1874-1970) A leading figure of early 20th-century expatriates in Paris

La Baronne Emile D’Erlanger / c.1924 / Oil on canvas / 41 7/8”x 34 1/8”

Keith Haring: May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990

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Renowned street artist Keith Haring…was born on May 4, 1958, in Pennsylvania, and died in New York in 1990. His eponymous foundation was established a year before his death, and provides grants to those affected by AIDS.

Keith Haring was born and grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania with his parents and three younger sisters. His father, Allen Haring, was a cartoonist who may have been an inspiration for him to pursue his artistic talents and certainly influenced his son’s work. Haring entered the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburg at age 17 and studied there for two years. He then tired of the commercial art genre and went on to study fine arts in New York City. Here at the School of Visual Arts he was inspired by graffiti art for the first time…

DrawingWhen not torn or cut from their locations by admirers, they would eventually…

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March 20~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), The first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre

Dubonnet / 1914 / Watercolour on canvas / 24”x30”

Amelia Pelaez (1897-1968)
Participant in the vanguardia and the classical phases of Cuban modernism

Marañones (Cashews) / 1939-1940 / Oil on canvas / 24 3/8”x30 1/2”

March 19~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Evelyn Beatrice Longman Batchelder (1874-1954)
First woman sculptor to be elected a full member of the National Academy of Design

Industry (aka The Craftsman) / 1931 / Bronze / A.I. Prince Technical HS, Hartford, CT











Violet Oakley (1874-1961)
First American woman to receive a public mural commission

Mrs. Charles Stewart Wurts IV / 1946 / Charcoal, sanguine, & white chalk on gray paper / 24 3/8”x18 3/8″

John Thomas Biggers~ Educator, Painter and Muralist

Twentieth century artist John Thomas Biggers was an educator, painter and muralist. His travels in Africa in the 1950s influenced the depiction of social and cultural themes in his work.
John Thomas Biggers was born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1924. The youngest of seven children, Biggers enrolled in Hampton Institute where he initially studied plumbing. However, he found that his true love was art and soon changed his major.

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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 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″

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/10~

This prominent late 19th/early 20th century illustrator’s most famous poster was a young woman dressed in a Navy uniform with the caption, “If I were a man, I would join the Navy”.

This American artist’s images depicted the flapper era in a way that both satirized and influenced the styles of the time, and have continued to define the jazz age for subsequent generations.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/19~

This German-born American artist, radicalized by the trauma of World War I, said: “During the war I became interested in truth – in bitter truth and the struggle of life in general.”

This artist – often associated with the Bay Area figurative school – resists categorization, working in a wide range of media including paintings, drawings, prints, posters, and sculptures.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/14~

Which French Impressionist’s quest to capture nature more accurately also prompted him to reject European conventions governing composition, color, and perspective?

Which American Regionalist started his career as an illustrator of pulp magazines, and eventually won prominence with anecdotal paintings and murals reflecting social attitudes of the 1930s?

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