Sunday, April 15, 2012

GENESIS: Elizabeth Catlett / April 15, 1915

Elizabeth Catlett photographed in 2006 by Kwaku Alston as part of his Oprah Winfrey Legends Portfolio.
Image via Alston's blog

"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."
-- Melanie Anne Herzog

See more photos of Oprah Winfrey Legends here.

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