20 July, 2005

black printmakers and the WPA

While there have been shows about the WPA Graphic Arts Section and exhibitions of Black artists of the '30s, none has focused specifically on the impact of the Federal Arts Projects upon the work of Black printmakers. This exhibition is intended to reveal the esthetic and technical contributions of these artists.

"Black Printmakers and the WPA" specifically addresses the area of fine prints and the community art centers where they were made. There, art education and community service combined to give significant numbers of Black artists the rare opportunity to be supported in their chosen line of work, to gain new avenues for expression, and to have contact with white artists, which under other circumstances would not have occurred.

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