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Morris Kantor

Russian-born Morris Kantor learned to support himself at a very young age when he came to the United States, in 1906. By the time he was twenty, he had saved enough money working in the garment district to enroll at the Independent School of Art in New York.

Thomas Hart Benton

Benton's idiom was essentially political and rhetorical, the painterly equivalent of the country stump speeches that were a Benton family tradition. The artist vividly recalled accompanying his father, Maecenas E. Benton—a four-term U.S. congressman, on campaigns through rural Missouri.

Charles Willson Peale

Charles Willson Peale is best remembered for his monumental portraits of George Washington and other Revolutionary War--era figures, and for organizing and opening America’s first natural history and art museums in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Johnson Antonio

Johnson Antonio started making what he calls "dolls" when he was around fifty years of age. He found a piece of cottonwood and carved a Navajo figure, which he gave to his youngest child as a toy.

David Gilhooly

David Gilhooly states that his lowbrow humor makes his work accessible so that “even my most maiden old aunt or my most drugged-out cousin can get at the meaning of the work or at least experience it!” He studied at the University of California, where he worked as an assistant to Robert Arneson.

LaVerne Nelson Black

In the 1920s LaVerne Nelson Black lived briefly in Taos, where he studied and sketched the traditions of nomadic Indian tribes such as the Navajo and Apache. In the 1930s he moved to Phoenix, working as an illustrator and commercial artist.

Michael Olszewski

In his eloquent fabric collages, Michael Olszewski communicates "intimate feelings prompted by people and circumstances." Using line, color, texture, and symbolic form, he expresses personal responses to such sorrowful human experiences as separation, aging, and death—and his own long strug

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman grew bored with biology and chemistry in college and began taking art classes as a way to escape the “rigidity of science.” He developed an early respect for the relationship between form and function from his father, who sold heavy machinery for metal fabrication.