African-American Artist Honored on Forever Stamp
BALTIMORE, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the U.S. Postal Service:
What: First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony of William H. Johnson Forever stamp.
Who: Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general, U.S. Postal Service
Dr. David Wilson, president, Morgan State University
Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, Graduate Dean Emerita/founding director, Center for Race and Culture
S. Marquette Folley, project director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Marcellus Shepard, radio personality, WEAA-FM 88.9
When: 11 a.m., Wed. Apr. 11, 2012
Where: Murphy Fine Arts Center – Gilliam Concert
Morgan State University
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21251
Background: Flowers, an oil-on-plywood painting dated 1939-1940, depicts a vase of boldly rendered, brightly colored blooms on a small red table. Johnson is recognized as a major figure in 20th century American art. He is known for his colorful, folk-inspired scenes of African-American daily life as well as his dramatic Scandinavian landscapes. The Postal Service honors William H. Johnson, through the 11th issuance of the American Treasures series as a sheet of 20 self-adhesive Forever stamps. The stamps go on sale nationwide April 11.
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