The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, exhibition files, 1991-1998.
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Art historian and curator Alvia J. Wardlaw was born on November 5, 1947 to Virginia Cage and Alvin Wardlaw. She was raised in Houston, Texas and graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1965. Wardlaw earned her B.A. degree in art history from Wellesley College in 1969, and her M.A. degree in art history from New York University in 1986. In 1996, she became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. degree in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.From 1972 to 1974, Wardlaw worked ...
"The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room" was curated by Alvia Wardlaw and Alison de Lima Greene in collaboration with Hampton University Museum in Hampton, Virginia. Greene was curator of twentieth-century art at the MFAH, while Wardlaw was a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin and on the faculty at Texas Southern University. Wardlaw, who had been a curator with the MFAH in the 1970s and would return in 1994, was also primary author of the exhibition c...
John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001), African American artist, was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. He attended Hampton Institute in Virginia and started taking art classes under the tutelage of Viktor Lowenfeld. Lowenfeld moved to Pennsylvania State University, and Biggers followed him to study in the art department there. He received his doctorate from the University in 1954. A few years earlier, Biggers had moved to Houston, Texas to establish the art department at Texas Southern University. ...