Gwen Knight

(American, born 1913, died 2005)

Late artist Gwen Knight explored personal identity and emotional narratives in her expressive, figurative paintings and prints. Beginning her career during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s in New York City, Knight went on to be an influential teacher in institutions across America, including Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Knight and her husband, artist Jacob Lawrence, engaged in a life-long collaborative partnership of critical guidance and support. Tacoma Art Museum exhibited a retrospective of her work, "Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight", in 2003.