About the artist
Benny Andrews (b 1930 Plainview, GA, d. 2006, Brooklyn, NY) was an African-American painter, printmaker, and creator of collages. He studied at the School of the Art Institute Chicago during the 1950’s, where he began his interest in painting. He moved to New York City in 1958 to pursue his artistic and activist practice. These practices would include the production of art education programs at the Queens College that served underprivileged students, and the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition. His work has contributed to making other artists of color, like Howardena Pindell, Sam Gillian, and Roy DeCarava, visible within art museums and the historical canon. He was a recipient of many awards, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship (1965–66), the New York Council on the Arts fellowships (1971–81), and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1974–81). His work is in the permanent collections of many museums across the US and internationally.