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Pamela Lee Gray

painter, graphic artist, printmaker, curator, and educator, was born in Dayton, Ohio. His family later moved to Indianapolis, where he attended high school in 1903 and 1904. While Farrow was in high school, the noted muralist William Edouard Scott recognized his artistic potential and encouraged him to enroll at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1908 Farrow moved to Chicago to begin classes at the Institute, Scott's alma mater and one of the first U.S. art schools to admit black students.

Farrow studied intermittently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1908 to 1918, while working for the U.S. Postal Service. When Farrow arrived at the institute, founded as the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1879 it was not yet a world class art institution In the early twentieth century the institute was actively building ...


Paul Von Blum

artist and curator, was born in New Orleans, the son of William Etienne Pajaud Sr., a trumpet player and bandleader, and Audrey Du Conge, a college professor of social work. For well over half a century, his prolific body of paintings, drawings, and prints established him as a renowned figure in modern African American art. His watercolors, oils, acrylics, and prints celebrate the triumphs and beauty of his people, focusing on the New Orleans jazz, Christian and Jewish religious figures, landscapes, women, and many other themes. In addition, Pajaud worked for thirty years as art and public relations director at black-owned Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles. There he developed one of the most outstanding private collections of African American art in the United States.

As a child in New Orleans he experienced the vitality of African American life and culture especially its vibrant ...


crystal am nelson

professor, printmaker, artist, and curator, was born Stephanie Elaine Pogue in Shelby, North Carolina, to Elbert Hugo Pogue, a doctor, and Mildred Wallace. She was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

In 1962 Pogue enrolled in Syracuse University, but transferred to Howard University one year later. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Howard in 1966 and a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan in 1968. Her art historical expertise included the sculptural art of the Bamana people of Mali, reliquary art of the Bakota people in Gabon, and the sacred Hindu art of India. In 1968 she joined the fine arts faculty as an assistant professor for Tennessee's Fisk University, one of the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the alma mater of W. E. B. Du Bois During her tenure ...