This collection is arranged as 9 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1958-1988, (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1965-1989, (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet) Series 3: Writings, 1962-1988, (Box 2; 0.4 linear feet) Series 4: Business Records, 1957-1986, (Boxes 2-3; 1.0 linear foot) Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-1987, (Boxes 3-4; 1.0 linear foot) Series 6: Subject Files, 1963-1988, (Boxes 4-7; 2.2 linear feet) Series 7: Scrapbook, 1958-1968, (Box 7; 0.2 linear feet) Series 8: Artwork, 1970-1980, undated, (Boxes 7-9; 0.4 linear feet) Series 9: Photographic Material, 1960-1985, (Boxes 8-9; 0.3 linear feet)
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The papers of contemporary Color Field painter and educator Sam Gilliam measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1957 to 1989. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, business records, printed material, subject files, a scrapbook, artwork, and photographic material that document Gilliam's life from his time as a student through his teaching, professorial, and artistic career. The collection highlights Gilliam's close involvement with the art institutions, racial politics, and artistic innovation taking place in 1960s through 1980s America, specifically in Washington D.C.
Sam Gilliam papers, 1957-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
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Sam Gilliam (1933- ) is an African-American artist based in Washington, D.C. He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where he began painting as a child, eventually attending the University of Louisville where he received his B.A. in Fine Art and M.A. in Painting. He went on to teach art to high school students in the Washington D.C. public school system, and university-level students at the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the University of Maryland, and Carnegie Mellon University. His numerous grants and awards include the 1971 Solomon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and multiple Honorary Doctoral degrees.
The Sam Gilliam papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Sam Gilliam in 1989.
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