Art in Color


We go to school and we go to the museum. We learn about Picasso and Van Gogh. And that is great, but what about the contributions of black artists. Where is there representation in the mainstream? With the unveiling of the Presidential Portrait which was painted by a young Black man I thought I would share with you some Art in Color.

Augusta Savage

Gamin by Augusta Savage

Born in Florida and lived in New York City she was one of the most notable artists in the Harlem Renaissance Era.

Jacob Lawrence

This Is Harlem–courtesy of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation

Also a noted artist from Harlem, Jacob is well know for his 60 piece collection ‘Migration of The Negro’, which was shown at Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

James Van Der Zee

Photo titled Future Exceptions

A prominent photographer, his collections have been featured in Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC

Barkley L Hendricks

Barkley Hendricks–Tyrone

An alumni of Yale and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts he was an art professor and some is work is now featured at the newly opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History.


This is a tiny representation of the work that is out there. Look up these and other Black artists and their vision and perspective with friends and family. The more we know, the more we grow.







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Lanae is lifelong Pittsburgh resident with a brief stint in Ohio for her high school and middle school years. Most of her life she lived in Wilkinsburg but recently became a resident of the north boroughs. Lanae holds an associates’ degree in fashion merchandising and a bachelor’s degree in business management. After college, Lanae, entered the insurance and financial services industry by becoming a licensed agent and a claims specialist. Lanae also is an advocate for cloth diapering and baby wearing. Through her website she offers information and sources offering cloth diapering to all women and families in need. With two boys and 3 girls ranging in ages from 18- 2 most of her time is spent traveling to ballet lessons, band practice, and cello lessons. Also, two of her children are special needs and require various appointments and therapy. When there is time left, she enjoys writing, sewing and cooking. She is currently finishing up her first novel with more already in the works. With a love for travel, Lanae and her family have been to 5 different Caribbean islands and 2 countries in South America. So, look to hear more about the organized chaos that is traveling with 5 kids.