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 William Ellsworth Artis  (1914 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: Nebraska/Minnesota/North Carolina      Known for: ceramics, terra cotta pottery, portrait and elongated figure sculpture, teaching

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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 "typicall (showing 500 of 3206 characters).

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