Jacob Lawrence was born in 1917 and died in 2000 at the age of 82. A
celebrated painter and narrator of the African American experience,
Lawrence spent much of his early years in Harlem and quickly discovered
art as a means of expression.
In 1938, Lawrence had his first solo exhibition at the Harlem YMCA and
began painting in the WPA Federal Art Project. He received a grant in 1940
from the Rosenwald Foundation to create a narrative on the northern
migration of African Americans. Lawrence was the first artist of color to
be represented by a major New York gallery.
Lawrence spent the later part of his life in Seattle teaching at the
University of Washington. He became a prolific print maker and often
donated print editions to foundations and non profit social agencies.