"Even as a young girl, Elizabeth Catlett knew she wanted to be an artist. This aspiration -- at a time when few African American women were practicing artists, and art museums in the South were closed to African Americans -- is a testament to her family's support and commitment to education. Against all odds, she tenaciously pursued her vision despite the denial of educational and exhibition opportunities to African American artists at that time." - portrait by Kwaku Alston
James Amos Porter (December 22, 1905 - February 28, 1970) was on the faculty of Howard University for over 40 years and was a pioneer in establishing the field of African-American art history. Modern Negro Art, published in 1943, was the first comprehensive study in the United States of African-American art. He also included works from Cuba, Haiti, and Africa in his studies. #TodayInBlackHistory
"Inge Ruth Hardison was an African-American female sculptor and artist of the 1930’s. She was known for her unique collection of busts called Negro Giants in History. The busts were meant to give honor to the blacks that were not then depicted in the National Hall of Fame in Washington DC. Inge Hardison was also the only woman among the six artists who formed the Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Deborah Willis (born February 5, 1948) is a contemporary African American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. named among the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photography Magazine, Dr. Deborah Willis is Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences. http://debwillisphoto.com/home.html