African Americans in the Visual Arts, Revised Edition by Steven Otfinoski

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Weaver, Willie Birch is “a modern-day shaman [tribal spiritual leader] . . ” Birch’s most recent work focuses on his hometown of New Orleans, which he returned to in 1997 after living in New York City for two decades. His series of large charcoal drawings, Celebrating Freedom (2006), is a tribute to the culture of New Orleans and its people. His Prospect 1, a multipanel work of drawings, celebrates the people of his own Seventh Ward, a section of the city hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and resides in the grand foyer of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

She studied at the High School of Art and Design in New York and 38 Burke, Selma earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in illustration from the Parsons School of Design in New York. Buchanan started illustrating for newspapers such as The Washington Post, Newsday, and The New York Times with sharp-eyed editorial illustrations, cartoons, and caricatures. She began illustrating children’s books in the 1980s. Many of the books she has worked on deal with AfricanAmerican history. Juneteenth Jamboree (1992) tells about the celebration in a Texan town following the freeing of Texan slaves in 1865.

This would become his own tribute to that New York City neighborhood. He changed his name to Dawoud Bey in the early 1970s. In 1979, Harlem, USA became his first solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Already an established photographer praised for capturing the personality of ordinary people in his pictures, Bey began attending Empire State College, part of the State University of New York system in, 1986. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography in 1990. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University’s School of Arts in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1993.

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