Depillars, Murry, (Children at play)
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'Children at Play (4th of July)' by Murray Depillars
19.5'w x 25.25'h. original silk-screen,
note: (has some tape marks on the back of print).
Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D.(1938-2008), a renowned artist and scholar, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and earned his A.A. in Fine Arts from Kennedy-King College, his B.A. in Art Education and M.A. in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University, and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. DePillars was one of the distinguished young members of AfriCobra, and highly respected as an artist/scholar as early as 1968 when his drawing, “Aunt Jemima” a depiction of Aunt Jemima charging out of the pancake box, drew national attention from artists, educators, students, and others involved with the Black Pride/Civil Rights Movement. In 1971, DePillars moved to Richmond, Virginia to work as an Assistant Dean at Virginia Commonwealth University, and soon after became Dean of the School of the Arts, until his retirement in 1995. Under his leadership, the Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts earned national and international recognition. DePillars returned to Chicago to assist Chicago State University as Vice President for several years and retired in 1998 to devote his focus full-time to his artwork.
Exhibiting extensively over a period of over forty years, his artwork was shown in universities and galleries including, but not limited to, Roosevelt University, The Institute of Positive Education, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Southside Community Art Center, Nicole Gallery in Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York, The Mississippi Museum of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, Hampton University Museum, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and numerous other institutions. His work is in private and public collections in the United State and abroad.