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Sharon Frances Patton research material regarding Vincent Smith

Creator:
Patton, Sharon F.  Search this
Names:
Smith, Vincent, 1929-  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
1968-2005
Summary:
The Sharon Frances Patton research material on the artist Vincent Smith measures 0.8 linear feet and dates from 1968-2005. Materials document Smith's career as an artist and include many letters as well as autobiographical writings by him. Also featured in this collection are many printed materials relating to his career including magazines, exhibition materials and clippings. This collection also includes three sound cassettes featuring a profile of Smith and his thoughts on music.
Scope and Contents:
The Sharon Frances Patton research material on the artist Vincent Smith measures 0.8 linear feet and dates from 1968-2005. The research materials document Smith's career as an artist and include many letters as well as autobiographical writings by him. Also featured in this collection are many printed materials relating to his career including magazines, exhibition materials and clippings. This collection also includes three sound cassettes featuring a profile of Smith and his thoughts on music.
Arrangement:
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1980-2004 (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1982-1998 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, 1976-circa 1994 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1968-2005 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 5: Sound Recordings, 1986-1989 (3 folders; Box 2)

The collection is arranged as 5 series:
Biographical / Historical:
Sharon Frances Patton (1944- ) is a art historian and museum director in Baltimore, Maryland. Vincent Smith (1929-2003) was a painter from New York City. His work was exhibited extensively and is now part of many distinguished collections.

Patton earned her BA in humanities with an emphasis on Studio Art from Roosevelt University in Chicago. This was followed by an MA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Ph.D. in African Art History at Northwestern University. During and after these degrees she was a professor at various colleges around the country as well as a curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Director of the Center for African American Studies at University of Michigan and the Director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. From 2003-2008 she was the Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Throughout her career she has organized around 20 exhibitions, compiled catalogs (one of which was on Vincent Smith's "Riding on a Blue Note" exhibit), written articles and essays and given lectures. She has also written two books, Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden and African American Art.

Smith became a full-time artist in 1953 after stints as a hobo, in the army and as a post office worker. Around this time he studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York City's Art Students League and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine on a scholarship. He also cited other African American artists as valuable resources for the development of his work. Much of his early work focused on the culture of jazz in New York City, but in the mid-1950s, with the start of the Civil Rights Movement, his work took on a more political tone. His first solo show was in 1955 at the Brooklyn Museum Art School Gallery and this was followed by many more solo and group shows throughout his career. His work is now in the collections of many museums as well as President Clinton, who was given one of Smith's pieces at his first inauguration. In 1980 he received a college degree from Empire State College at the State University of New York, Saratoga.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Sharon Frances Patton in 2012.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Citation:
Sharon Frances Patton research material regarding Vincent Smith, 1968-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.smitvinc
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Sharon Frances Patton research material regarding Vincent Smith
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smitvinc

Dreams, myths, and realities : the work of Vincent Smith

Author:
Green, Nancy E  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2001
Topic:
African American painters  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_750096

Dreams, myths, and realities : a Vincent Smith retrospective / Nancy E. Green

Author:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Green, Nancy E  Search this
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : col. ill., port. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
[2001]
20th century
Topic:
African American painting  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S6621 G74 2001
ND237.S6325 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_614546

African influences in contemporary black American painting / by Peter A. Mark

Author:
Mark, Peter 1948-  Search this
Subject:
Jones, Lois Mailou  Search this
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Chandler, Dana  Search this
Sorrells-Adewale, Edgar H  Search this
Physical description:
p. 15-19 : ill
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
Topic:
African American painters  Search this
African American painting--African influences  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Artists--African Diaspora--20th Century
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_683552

Vincent D. Smith : riding on a blue note : monoprints and works on paper on jazz themes

Author:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Patton, Sharon F  Search this
Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center (Henry Street Settlement)  Search this
Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1989
Topic:
Jazz musicians--Pictorial works--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S6621 P3 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510954

Unbroken circle : exhibition of African-American artists of the 1930's and 1940's / [introduction by David C. Driskell ; Vincent D. Smith, curator]

Author:
Driskell, David C  Search this
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Kenkeleba Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
20th century
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American art  Search this
Call number:
N6538.N5 U54 1986
N6538.N5U54 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_430710

Vincent D. Smith : an appreciation : January 25-February 24, 1994, Robeson Center Art Gallery, Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University

Author:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Robeson Center Gallery (Newark, N.J.)  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill., port. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
African American painting  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND237.S624 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_469534

Vincent Smith : an overview, combinations, permutation, and transformation

Author:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Ramapo College Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
Call number:
N40.1.S6621 R16 1988
N40.1.S6621R16 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388476

Vincent Smith : sage, bohemian, prince

Author:
Fitzgerald, Sharon  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Vincent 1929-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1999
Topic:
African American painters  Search this
Call number:
E185.5 .A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_916268

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