Jack Savitsky worked in the coal mines of Lansford, Pennsylvania, for more than forty years. He enjoyed painting as a child and remembered that “instead of doing ABCs,” he would draw pictures of cats and dogs.
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Charles H. Niehaus learned to engrave wood and carve stone at a young age. He studied at the McMicken School of Design in Cincinnati, where he won first prize for his drawing and modeling.
Robert Motherwell loved to paint as a boy and won an art scholarship when he was only eleven. His father encouraged him to finish school, however, and promised him fifty dollars a week indefinitely if he would get an advanced degree as an “insurance policy” before devoting his life to painting.
Painter, born in Richmond, Va. Socially conscious, Gwathmey portrayed rural African-American life in the South in a modernist style, emphasizing broad areas of color outlined in black.
Born in Fresno, California, Maynard Dixon was largely self-taught as an artist. His first sketches were of the Western landscape. In 1893 he attended the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art in San Francisco, but withdrew after only three months.
Muralist and portrait painter instrumental in the development of Federal arts programs during the Depression. The influence of Diego Rivera is evident in his murals, the most famous being five fresco panels for the Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.
Mary Adams's life—her dual Mohawk and Catholic heritage—is interwoven with her splint ash and sweet grass baskets. During a childhood of poverty in the late 1920s along the banks of the St.
Sam Maloof is America's best known contemporary furniture craftsman. While he is self-taught as a woodworker, both his name and his work are instantly recognizable. No other twentieth-century studio furniture maker has received as many awards for design and craftsmanship.