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us: Alston, Charles, 1907-1977



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    • us: Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977
    • us: Alston, Spinky, 1907-1977
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    • Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977
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    • found: Portraits in black, 1992: CIP t.p. (Charles Alston) galley (Charles Henry Alston, African-American artist, teacher, leader in the arts and in art education; born in Charlotte, N.C. in 1907; B.A., M.A. from Columbia Univ.; d.1977)
    • found: Charles "Spinky" Alston, works of art from 1936-1969, 2004.
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed November 26, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Alston, Charles Henry; painter, Illustrator, teacher; b. Nov. 28, 1907 in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States; BA degee and MA degree (1930) from Columbia University; member of Phi Alpha Phi; director of the boys' program at Utopian House; director of the library school at the Carnegie Art Workshop; in the mid-1930s became the first African American supervisor of the WPA Federal Art Project Commission and established his reputation as an artist; began working for the U.S. Office of War Information as an illustrator for a weekly series, (S2(BNegro Achievement(S3 (B(1942); attended Pratt Institute under the GI Bill; became the first African American instructor to teach at New York's Art Students League (1950); throughout the 1960s and 1970s created murals for several New York buildings and a bronze bust of Martin Luther King Jr. now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian; was appointed full professor at the City College of New York (1973), received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University (1975); d. Apr. 27, 1977 in New York, New York, United States)
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    • 1992-01-30: new
    • 2015-03-28: revised
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