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Romare Bearden - biography
Romare Howard Bearden was born on September 2, 1911, to (Richard) Howard and Bessye Bearden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76.

In 1935, Bearden became a weekly editorial cartoonist for the Baltimore Afro-American, which he continued doing until 1937.

From the mid-1930s through 1960s, Bearden was a social worker with the New York City Department of Social Services, working on his art at night and on weekends. His success as an artist was recognized with his first solo exhibition in Harlem in 1940 and his first solo show in Washington, DC, in 1944.


SOURCE: http://www.beardenfoundation.org/artlife/biography/biography.shtml
Romare Bearden - friends and influences
Bearden had close associations with such distinguished artists, intellectuals and musicians as James Baldwin, Stuart Davis, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Joan Miró, George Grosz, Alvin Ailey and Jacob Lawrence.

SOURCE: http://www.beardenfoundation.org/artlife/biography/biography.shtml
Elizabeth Catlett - biography
Elizabeth Catlett-Mora, born in Washington, D.C. in 1919, is a master sculptor, painter, printmaker, activist and warrior. Catlett-Mora has demonstrated a life-long commitment to fighting injustices and showing her support in the struggle for equality for the poor and oppressed.

In the 1930's, Catlett-Mora attended Howard University where she majored in design, but soon changed her major to painting. She was later introduced to sculpture at the University of Iowa, where she earned an M.F.A.

Source:http://www.airportfineart.com/ecallettbiopage.htm
Romare Bearden - where to find his work
Bearden's work is included in many important public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. He has had retrospectives at the Mint Museum of Art (1980), the Detroit Institute of the Arts (1986), as well as numerous posthumous retrospectives, including The Studio Museum in Harlem (1991) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2003).

SOURCE: http://www.beardenfoundation.org/artlife/biography/biography.shtml
Romare Bearden - awards and honors
Bearden was the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his lifetime. Honorary doctorates were given by Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Davidson College and Atlanta University, to name but a few. He received the Mayor's Award of Honor for Art and Culture in New York City in 1984 and the National Medal of Arts, presented by President Ronald Reagan, in 1987.

SOURCE: http://www.beardenfoundation.org/artlife/biography/biography.shtml
Jacob Lawrence - biography
Jacob Lawrence was born in 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the dawn of the Great Depression in 1930, at the age of 13, Lawrence and his mother and siblings moved to New York City. Lawrence grew up in the midst of the Great Depression and joined the WPA where he studied under artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

SOURCE:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence - themes
Lawrence was best known for depicting significant phases of African-American history. His most famous piece, "Migration of the Negro," portrayed the journey of thousands of blacks from the South to the North after World War I.

Lawrence's work often portrayed important periods in African-American history. Among his works are a series of pieces about the abolitionist John Brown and another about Haitian revolutionary Toussaint l'Ouverture, as well as numerous depictions of Harriet Tubman. He was awarded the US National Medal of the Arts in 1990. The overall aim of his paintings were to give blacks reason to have pride, a sense of accomplishment, and hope for their future. Jacob Lawrence was honored as an artist, teacher, and humanitarian when the NAACP awarded him the Spingarn Medal in 1970 for his outstanding achievements. Throughout his lengthy artistic career, Lawrence concentrated on depicting the history and struggles of African American.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Lawrence
Hale Woodruff -biography
Hale Woodruff was born in Cairo, Illinois. He received his early art training at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. In 1927 he received the Harmon Foundation Award of one hundred dollars and went to Paris. There with some additional money supplied by the philanthropist Otto Kahn, he lived for four years studying at the Académie Moderne and the Académie Scandinave. He was Art Director at Atlanta University from 1931 to 1946 and founded the Annual Atlanta University Art Exhibits, historically one of the most important contributions to the development of African American art in this country.

Source:http://www.3d-dali.com/Artist-Biographies/Hale_Woodruff.html
Hale Woodruff- Style
Woodruff's abstract and semi-abstract oils show strong affinities with the works of modern European masters. His free, broad brushstrokes convey colorful impressions of rhythmic movements in nature-the rushing sea or the rippling plain-presented in bright, clear, resonant colors: whites, deep blues, rusty browns, yellows, reds, and pinks. He is also an important mural painter, where his talent for design gives cohesion and interest to the historical subjects he chooses.

Source:http://www.3d-dali.com/Artist-Biographies/Hale_Woodruff.html
Hale Woodruff - Famous Works
The first of the two famous murals,recounts an uprising of slaves on the slave ship Amistad, the second recounts the history of Talladega College from its founding in 1867 in an abandoned Civil War prison to its present status as one of the important southern colleges. The second mural was reproduced and included in a booklet sent to India by the Office of War Information s a counterattack to Japanese propaganda. As a teacher, Woodruff set an inspiring example. In 1967, the New York University alumni Association named him "Teacher of the Year."

Source:http://www.3d-dali.com/Artist-Biographies/Hale_Woodruff.html
Carrie Mae Weems- Biography
Photographer Carrie Mae Weems was born in Portland, Oregon in 1953. After high school, she moved to San Francisco to study modern dance before attending the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She received her MFA from the University of California in San Diego. Carrie Mae Weems also participated in the graduate program in folklore at the University of California, Berkley

While in her early twenties, Carrie Mae Weems was politically active in the labor movement as a union organizer. Her first camera was used for politics rather than for artistic purposes. She was inspired to pursue photography only after she came across The Black Photography Annual, a book of images by African-American photographers.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Mae_Weems
Carrie Mae Weems- Works and Awards
1995 Project Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu
1993-95 "Carrie Mae Weems," exhibition traveling to nine sites including: Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
1991 "And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People," The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1991 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


1994 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship
1994 Photographer of the Year awarded by the Friends of Photography, San Francisco
1993 New England Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Award
1992 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award

Source: http://www.alpertawards.org/archive/winner96/weems.html
Carrie Mae Weems - themes
An artist committed to social change, Carrie Mae Weems has created artwork that examines, among other subjects, issues of race and racism, class and classism, gender and sexism. Although primarily known as a photographer, in the course of her twenty-year career, Weems has also employed written texts, banners, commemorative plates, sound, and sculpture.

These various media have been combined to create a rich array of documentary series, still lifes, narrative tableaux, and installation pieces. Throughout her work, Weems's (under)stated goal has been to "describe simply and directly those aspects of America culture in need of deeper illumination."

SOURCE: http://www.tfaoi.com/newsm1/n1m83.htm