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 Sylvester Britton  (1926 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: painting, printmaking

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

Sylvester Britton studied at the Art Institute of Chicago School of Painting & Sculpture, and also in Mexico City at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere Paris. He has exhibited at the Oak Park Library, Atlanta University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago.  He has had international showings in Paris and Stockholm.

He was awarded the Eisendrath Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago in1956.

Mr.Britton still resides in the city of Chicago with his family.  He is listed in Davenport's, Black Artist Index , Cedric Dover Negro Art and Theresa Cederholm, Afro American Artists, 1973.

Additional publications are:

CHASE, JUDITH WRAGG. Afro-American Art and Craft. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1971.

CHICAGO (IL). Illinois Art Gallery, Illinois State Museum. The Flowering: African-American Artists and Friends in 1940s Chicago: A Look at the South Side Community Art Center. April 7-May 28, 1993. 

CHICAGO (IL). Museum of Contemporary Art.  Museum of Contemporary Art interviews, 1979-1983. 1983.

CHICAGO (IL). South Side Community Arts Center.  Images of the Past: Collection of Artwork from the 40s, 50s, 60s. October 22-November 19, 2005.

CHICAGO (IL). Union of Black Artists.UBA: Union of Black Artists: Chicago Artists Directory. Chicago: The Union, 1974.

HARLEY, RALPH L., JR.  Checklist of Afro-American Art and Artists. 1970. Ivoryton (CT). ART Gallery Magazine. The ART Gallery Magazine: Afro-American issue (Vol. 11, no. 7, April 1968). 1968.

MILWAUKEE (WI). Performing Arts Center. 4th Annual Celebration of Community Arts Festival. 1977.

ROELOF-LANNER, T.V., ed.  Prints by American Negro Artists.  Los Angeles: Cultural Exchange Center, 1967.

SPRADLING, MARY MACE.  In Black and White: Afro-Americans in Print.  Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo Public Library, 1980.

ST LOUIS (MO). St. Louis Public Library.  An index to Black American Artists.  St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library, 1972.

THOMISON, DENNIS.  The Black Artist in America: An Index to Reproductions.  Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1991.

Submitted May 2010 by Donnell Walker

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