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 Samuel Joseph Worthington Brown  (1907 - 1994)



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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/North Carolina      Known for: genre, figure and portrait painting, printmaking, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Samuel Brown
1907 (Wilmington, North Carolina)
1994 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania/North Carolina

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Samuel Joseph Brown (b.1907, Wilmington, North Carolina; d. 1994, Philadephia, Pennsylvania)

A painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher, he studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art and at the Teachers' College of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was employed by the Federal Art Project from 1933 to 1935, during which time he participated in many exhibitions.  His painting So Tired (later renamed The Scrub Woman, now extant) was shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1934 as part of a national exhibition featuring art from the Federal Arts Project.  This painting caught the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt who from then on took a personal interest in his artwork. In 1946, she purchased his posters promoting racial harmony and world peace and donated them to the Hyde Park (New York) Elementary School.  Her sponsorship enabled Brown to distribute the posters to schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland; Washington, DC; New Jersey and New York.

Selcted Exhibitions:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1928, 1930, 1934
Philadelphia College of Art, 1930, 1934, 1937, 1940
HArmon Foundation, 1933
Corocoran Gallery of Art, 1934
New Jersey State Museum, 1935
WPA Art Project, Howard University, 1935, 1940
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935, 1937
University of Pennsylvania, 1936
Howard University, 1935, 1940
Temple University, 1936
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1937
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1937
New Horizons in American Art, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, held in Paris, France, 1939
South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, 1941
Art Alliance 1945 (solo)
Barnet Aden Galleries, Washington, DC. 1946 (solo)
National Forum of Professional Artists, 1969 (Philadelphia), 1970 (Philadelphia, New York City), 1971 (New York City)
James A. Porter Gallery of African American Art, 1970
National Convention of Negro Physicians, 1971 (retrospective)

Selected Awards:
First Prize, National Competition Serigraph in Colors
Latham Foundation International Humane Poster Contest, First Prize 1953, Second Prize 1962
Willingboro Art Show (New Jersey), First Prize
House Beautiful cover competition, 1928, 1930, 1933, one of the best 100 designs

The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
The U.S. White House, Washington, D.C.,
National Museum of American Art - The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.,
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
The Roosevelt Museum, New Hyde Park, NY,
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY

Sources include:
Peter Hastings Falk (editor), Who Was Who in American Art
Additional collection information provided by Leon A. Crews, Jr.

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