(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.
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 ... Displaying 750 of 3206 characters.