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Jacob Lawrence Centennial Exhibition

September 1 - 30, 2017

Atlantic City Free Public Library

Free Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2-4pm at the library

Gallery Location: Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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The Atlantic City Arts Commission will present the Jacob Lawrence Centennial Exhibition this September to commemorate the 100th birthday of the famed Atlantic City-born artist. The exhibit will be on display all month on the first floor of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, with a special reception scheduled on Lawrence’s birthday, Sept, 7, from 2-4 p.m.

Lawrence was born Sept. 7, 1917, at 1522 Arctic Ave. in Atlantic City. He resided in the city before moving as a child. On a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a 16-year-old, Lawrence developed a love for tempera paints after admiring 16th century Italian paintings.
The African-American experience was seen in every thread of Lawrence’s paintings, especially his “Migration of the Negro” series. He was the first African American given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in 1941. The collection is now held by the Phillips Collection and MOMA.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are among the museums with permanent collections of his work. One of his paintings also hangs in the White House Green Room.

Lawrence was named Fortune Magazine’s most influential artist of the 20th century. He received many other accolades throughout his distinguished career, such as the Julius Rosenwald Fund fellowship, Simon Guggenheim post-service fellowship, National Institute of Arts and Letters citation grant, Ford Foundation grant, NAACP Spingarn Medal of Arts, Founder’s Day Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence, the Washington Medal of Merit and numerous honorary degrees. Lawrence spent parts of four decades teaching art, with his final stop coming as a tenured professor at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1971-83. He resided in Seattle until his death in 2000.

Contact Valeria Marcus at (609) 674-1482 or for more information.