Claude Clark
Claude Clark

Claude Clark

American Artist, 1915 - 2001


  • Philadelphia Museum School of Art, Certificate, 1939
  • Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA, Fellowship, 1939-44
  • Sacramento State University, B.A., 1958
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1962


  • Works Progress Administration (WPA), Printer, 1939-42
  • Philadelphia Public Schools, Philadelphia, PA, Instructor, 1945-48
  • Talladega College, Talladega, AL, Assistant Professor of Art, 1948-55
  • Alameda County Juvenile Facility, Oakland, CA, Art Instructor, 1958-67
  • Merritt College, Oakland, CA, Instructor, 1968-81


"Black Art Perspective: A Black Teacher's Guide of a Black Visual Art Curriculum", Merritt College Press, Oakland, CA, 1970


Silver Medal, St. Nicholas, League, 1933
Barnes Foundation Fellowship, 1942
Carnegie Fellowship, 1950


"Freedom Morning", Oil on canvas, 1944, commissioned by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

Public Collections

  • Afro-American Museum, Dayton, OH
  • Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Apex Museum, Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  • DuSable Museum, Chicago, Il
  • Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  • Hammonds House, Atlanta, GA
  • Hampton University Museum, Hampton Roads, VA
  • Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
  • Talladega College, Talladega, AL

Traveling Exhibitions

  • 1999-2001 To Conserve A Legacy
  • 1999-2000 When the Spirit Moves
  • 1998-2001 Narratives of African American Art and Identity:The David C. Driskell Collection
  • 1989 Introspective Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent
  • 1986 Choosing 1925-1985
  • 1985-88 Hidden Heritage: African American Art: 1800-1950
  • 1976-77 Two Centuries of Black American Art; 1750-1950
  • 1975-77 Amistad II: African Amerian Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2001 Joysmith Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • 1999 Thelma Harris Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 1997 Thelma Harris Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 1996 Claude Clark: On My Journey Now, A Selection of Paintings from 1940-1986, The Apex Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • 1995 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1994 Samuels Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 1990-91 Fifty Years of Paintings by Georgia Artist Claude Clark, Hammonds House Galleries, Atlanta, GA
  • 1972 A Retrospective Exhibition, 1937-1971, Paintings by Claude Clark, Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  • 1956 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  • 1951 Wharton Settlement, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1947 Roko Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1946 Roko Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1945 Bonstell Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1944 Artist's Gallery of Philip Ragan Associates, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2000 20th Century African American Icons, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 1997 A Visual Heritage 1945 to 1980: Bay Area African American Artists, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
  • 1996 Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
  • 1989 Black Printmakers and the WPA, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York
  • 1988 Master Art Exhibition (NCA), Salvador-Bahia, Brazil
  • 1986 Kenkeleba House, New York, NY
  • 1985 Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1983-84 Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1982 Grand Oak Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 1976 Los Angeles (circuit)
  • 1975 Philadelphia (circuit)
  • 1968 New Perspectives in Black Art, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • 1953 Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • 1946 The Harmon Foundation, New York, NY
  • 1945 The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, New York, NY
  • 1945 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, NY
  • 1945 Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
  • 1945 Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1942-44 Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  • 1942 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-42 American Negro Art, 19th and 20th Centuries, The Downtown Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1941 First Annual Exhibition on Art, Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1941 National Negro Art Exhibition: We Too Look at America, The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 1939-40 World's Fair, New York, NY


  • Cederholm, Theresa Dickason, Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory. Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1973.

  • Directory of American Scholars. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1951.
    Dover, Cedric. American Negro Art. Greenwich, Greenwich, CN: New York Graphic Society, 1960.

  • Driskell, David C. The Other Side of Color: American Art in the Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Rohnert Park, CA: Pomegranate Communications, Inc. 2001.

  • Fine, Elsa Honig. The Afro-American Artist: A Search For Identity. New York: Holt, Rienhart and Winston, Inc., 1973 and Hacker Art Books, Inc., 1982.

  • International Directory of the Arts. Berlin SW61, 1965 and 1976.

  • Irvine, Betty Jo, and Jane A. McCabe. Fine Arts & The Black American. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, Summer 1969.

  • Ittman, John W. Dox Thrash: An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art and Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001

  • Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins. St. James Guide to Black Artists, Thomas Riggs, ed. Detroit: St. James Press in association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1997.

  • Locke, Alain, ed. The Negro in Art: A Pictorial Record of the Negro Artist and of the Negro Theme in Art. Washington, D.C.: Associates in Negro Folk Education, 1940.

  • Myers, Carl L., rd. Black Power in the Arts. Flint, Michigan: Flint Board of Education, 1970.

  • Patterson, Lindsay, comp. and ed. The Negro In Music and Art. International Library of Negro Life and History. New York: Publishers Company, Inc., 1967.
    Swatz, Walter. Directory of Afro-American Resources. New York: R.R. Bosker, 1970.

  • Taha, Halima. Collecting African American Art. New York City: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1998.

  • The Art Gallery and the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection. San Francisco: Pomegranate, 1998.

  • Walker, Roslyn. A Resource Guide to the Visual Arts of Afro-Americans. South Bend, Indiana: South Bend Community Corporation, 1971.

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