Elizabeth Catlett  (American, 1915-2012) 

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Elizabeth Catlett Biography
1915   Born in Washington, DC
1935   BS cum laude, Howard University School of Art, Washington, DC
1940   MFA, University of Iowa
1941   Studied ceramics, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1942 - 1943   Studied lithography, Art Students League, New York, NY
1943   Studied with sculptor Ossip Zadkine in New York
1944   Taught dressmaking and sculpture at George Washington Carver School in Harlem
1947   Had first solo exhibition at Barnett-Aden Gallery, Washington, DC
1958   Became Professor of Sculpture and Head of Sculpture Department at School of Fine Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
1962   Became Mexican citizen and was cited as an "undesirable alien" by the United States State Department
1971   Had first solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem
1976   Retired as Professor of Sculpture at University of Mexico
Moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico
2012   Died in Cuernavaca, Mexico
Selected Exhibitions
2002   Wood Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2001   Elizabeth Catlett, Works Of Art On Paper, M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, Inc., San Jose, CA
1998   Elizabeth Catlett Sculpture: A Fifty-Year Retrospective, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (catalogue; traveling exhibition)
1998   Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Elizabeth Catlett: Prints & Drawings, Sragow Gallery, New York, NY
1996   Prints from Mexico, Queens College Art Center, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Flushing, NY
1996   Struggle and Serenity: The Visionary Art of Elizabeth Catlett, Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY
1996   In Rare Form, Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC
1994   In the Hemisphere of Love: Elizabeth Catlett and Francisco Mora, Isobel Neal Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993   Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
1993   Elizabeth Catlett, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Selected Public Collections
  Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT