Born April 18~ Clara Elsene Peck

Clara Elsene Peck (April 18, 1883-February 1968) was an early 20th century American illustrator and painter.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Shake-speares Sweetheart by Sara Hawks Sterling / Illustrated by Clara Elsene Peck
1905 / Hard Cover / 282pp / Published by George W. Jacobs & Co., Philadelphia

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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:

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

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Born April 16~ Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema (April 16, 1852-August 15, 1909) was an English painter who exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Battledore and Shuttlecock by Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
c.1887 / Oil on canvas / 36″x24″ / Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

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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:

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

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Born April 14~ Howardena Pindell

Artist, scholar, educator, writer, and curator, Howardena Pindell (born April 14, 1943) works across figuration, abstraction, and conceptualism.
Biography on MCA Chicago:

Memory: Past by Howardena Pindell
1980–1981 / Mixed media on canvas / 126″x84″/ Museum of Modern Art, NYC

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Born April 13~ Lezley Saar

Lezley Saar (born April 13, 1953) is a visual artist whose paintings, mixed-media works, and altered books are centered on the human figure and on narration.
Biography on The Women’s Studio:

The Silent Woman by Lezley Saar
2015 / Acrylic on fabric on panel / 20″x16″ / Walter Maciel Gallery

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Born April 11~ Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (April 11, 1749-April 24, 1803) was a French painter who was a master at miniatures, pastels, and portraiture.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Louise-Elisabeth of France, Duchess of Parma by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
1788 / Oil on canvas / 107″x63″ / Palace of Versailles, France

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Born April 10~ Marie Johnson-Calloway

Marie Edwards Johnson-Calloway (April 10, 1920-February 11, 2018) was an American artist who worked in the fields of painting and mixed-media assemblage.
Biography on Wikipedia:

School Crossing Guard by Marie Johnson-Calloway
1970s / Mixed media on board / 65″x55″ / Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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Born April 9(?)~ Camelia Whitehurst

Joan and John by Camelia Whitehurst
N.D. / Oil on canvas / 40″x30 1/5″ / Private collection

Camelia Whitehurst (1871–1936) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she spent most of her life. She studied at Baltimore’s Charcoal Club with Samuel Whitman, and at the Pennsylvania Academy with William Merritt Chase and Cecilia Beaux. After completing her studies, she opened a studio in Paris and traveled through Europe. In 1920, she moved into her Baltimore studio.

She was a member of the National Association of Women Artists; the Grand Central Art Gallery; North Shore Art Academy; Springfield Art League; the Society of Washington Artist; and other arts organizations.

Camelia exhibited her works at various venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Society of Washington Artists, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. In 1924, Whitehurst participated in the first exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art to feature only works of art by women. The “Six Baltimore Women Painters” had exhibited earlier (c.1911-1912) in the Peabody Gallery; by the time of the 1924 exhibition The Six had become “The Six and One”.

Camelia Whitehurst was best known for her portraits of young children. I also found an example where one of her paintings had been used for a cover of The Literary Digest, so it seems that in her time she was considered a notable artist.

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Archives of askART; Source: Stephanie Strass, “American Women Artists”
• and various auction sites

Born April 8~ Sonja Sekula

Sonja Sekula (April 8, 1918-April 25, 1963) was a Swiss-born artist linked with the abstract expressionist movement.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Spain by Sonja Sekula
1954 / Opaque colors on paper / 19 3/10″x12 1/2″/ Kunst Museum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

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