We applaud these influential artists for their determination to persevere with their craft in the face of adversity and discrimination from society and at times their own families. Choosing the path of an artist is not easy and when the deck is stacked against you to begin with, it can be especially difficult to pursue your calling. Take a look at these sculptors who changed history and made the world better because they didn't give up.
Sculpture often takes a back seat to painting and two dimensional art in Contemporary and Modern Art contexts but we felt it was necessary to highlight these accomplished sculptors, many of whom are women. We know this list is only a tiny fraction of the amazing list of sculptors of color and if you want to add to our list please comment below.
EDMONIA LEWIS, "The Old Arrowmaker
AUGUSTA SAVAGE, "The Harp"
BETYE SAAR, "Supreme Quality"
SEITU JONES, "The Heartside Community Meal"
HANK WILLIS THOMAS, "Raise Up"