(1914 - 1977)
William Ellsworth Artis was active/lived in Nebraska, Minnesota, North Carolina. William Artis is known for ceramics, terra cotta pottery, portrait and elongated figure sculpture, teaching.
Biography William Artis
Born in Washington, North Carolina, William Artis became a prominent Black-American ceramist, sculptor and teacher. He was best known for a series of terra cotta* and stoneware* heads of black youths, which he created in the 1930s and 1940s such as Head of a Girl, 1933, exhibited at the Harmon Foundation*, and Weariness, 1934, exhibited at the Salon of America* at Radio City Music Hall. Of these types of work, it was written that they are Art Deco in style and "typically have an introverted impassivity and a spiritual appeal." (James, 23)
In 1933, Artis studied at the Art
Students League* in New York City, where he won the Harmon Foundation
Prize in 1933. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War
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