Windows, 1977

Jacob Lawrence
(American, born 1917, died 2000)

Location: Harbour Pointe Middle School, Mukilteo


Celebrated artist Jacob Lawrence created distinctive compositions in an expressive and abstracted style that explore the human condition, African-American history, and themes of social justice. Pointing to both the familiarity and individuality of faces in a crowd, Windows portrays unique figures walking on the street and framed by windows. A long time art professor at the University of Washington, Lawrence's artworks and legacy continue to inspire social and aesthetic dialogue.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Mukilteo School District.


Celebrated artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) created distinctive artworks in an expressive and abstracted style. His art explores the human condition, the African American experience, American history, and themes of social justice. Lawrence and his wife, artist Gwen Knight, had a life-long partnership of creative and critical guidance and support. About his own work, Lawrence said "When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it."

Lawrence began his art career during the Harlem Renaissance, in 1930s New York City. In 1941, he was the first African American artist to be represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. During World War II (1939-45), he was drafted into the United States Coast Guard and served in a segregated regiment and as Coast Guard Artist. He became an influential teacher across the country, including at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he taught from 1970 to 1985.

Major retrospectives of Lawrence's work were held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1974 and at Seattle Art Museum in 2003. His artworks are in the permanent collections of over 200 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the White House Art Collection. He was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 1984. His artworks and legacy continue to inspire discussions about art, society, and social justice.

Material CategoryWork on paper - print
MediumOffset lithograph print
Dimensions21 3/4 in x 25 1/2 in
ID NumberWSAC1995.269.000
Acquisition MethodCurated Selection
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyMukilteo School District
Artwork LocationHarbour Pointe Middle School
Student Services Office
WA CountySnohomish
Site TypePublic School
Address5000 Harbour Pointe Blvd
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Geo. Coordinates47.902715 | -122.299829
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