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1) Aaron Douglas, May 26, 1899 to February 2, 1979 (age 79), was an American painter, illustrator and visual arts educator. He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
2) He developed his art career painting murals and creating illustrations that addressed social issues around race and segregation in the United States by utilizing African-centric imagery.
3) Douglas set the stage for young, African-American artists to enter public arts realm through his involvement with the Harlem Artists Guild; Known as a prominent leader in modern African-American art.
4) In 1944, he concluded his art career by founding the Art Department at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He taught visual art classes at Fisk until his retirement in 1966.
5) Developed two art styles during his career: first as a traditional portraitist, then as a muralist and illustrator; work is described as being abstract, portrayed Africans through dance, song & poetry
6) In 2007, the Spencer Museum of Art organized an exhibition called Aaron Douglas: African-American Modernist. It was then on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
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