Laura Wheeler Waring

Today (May 15) is the birthday of artist Laura Wheeler Waring (1887). Her mother had been active with the Underground Railroad, and her father was pastor of the first all-black church in Connecticut. Waring taught art and music at Philadelphia’s Cheney Training School for Teachers, as well as at Harvard and Columbia. Time in Paris before and after World War I had a profound effect on her growth as an artist, and in 1927, her work was part of the first exhibition of African-American artists in the US. This portrait of Anna Washington Derry helped Waring win an award from the Harmon Foundation, which resulted in the painting being exhibited in several cities in the US and Europe. Today it can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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