(American, born 1917, died 2000)
Celebrated artist Jacob Lawrence created distinctive compositions in an expressive and abstracted style that explore the human condition, the African-American experience, American history, and themes of social justice. Beginning his artistic career during the Harlem Renaissance, Lawrence became an influential teacher in institutions across the country. Lawrence and his wife, artist Gwen Knight, engaged in a life-long collaborative partnership of critical guidance and support. A respected art professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, his artworks and legacy continue to inspire discussions about art and society. He was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 1984.