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Charles White

Who Was Charles White?

Charles Wilbert White, Jr. (April 2, 1918 – October 3, 1979) was an American artist known for his chronicling of African American related subjects in paintings and murals. White's best known work is The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy, a mural at Hampton University. In 2018, the centenary year of his birth, the first major retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art.

From 1964 to his death in 1979, White was on the faculty at Otis College of Art and Design (then known as Otis Art Institute), eventually serving as Chair of the Drawing Dept. While  at Otis, he was a beacon for young African American artists who came to study with him, among them Alonzo Davis, David Hammons, and Kerry James Marshall.

An elementary school has been named after him and is located on the former Otis College campus.

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