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Black Artists in the Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop

Through Wednesday, February 28

Art Community History Parkway District

In honor of Black History Month, the Print and Picture Collection Hallway Gallery is featuring works by African American artists from both the Print and Picture Collection and the Children's Literature Research Collection.

Black Artists in the Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop features work from the Print and Picture Collection. 

The Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA, later Work Projects Administration) was created in 1935 to provide work relief for artists in various media. The Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop, located at 311 Broad Street, employed men and women of all ethnic backgrounds, artistic styles and proficiency. The prints from the Philadelphia Workshop have been on deposit in the Print and Picture Collection since the Federal Art Program ended in 1943. On display in two cases in the Print and Picture Collection Hallway Gallery are the works of four African American artists involved in the WPA: Samuel Brown, Claude Clark, Raymond Steth, and Dox Thrash. 

Contemporary African American Picture Book Artists features work from the Childern's Literature Research Collection.

This mini exhibition features books and artwork created by leading contemporary African American illustrators, including local illustrators Jerry Pinkney and Cal Massey. 


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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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