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Painter Jacob Lawrence Profile (1986)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-12

Duration: 00:05:37

Subjects: United States. Works Progress Administration | Arts | Painters | Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Lawrence, Jacob Interviewee
  • Stovall, Lou Interviewee


This segment from the October 12, 1986, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s profile of painter Jacob Lawrence, a recent recipient of the Amistad Research Center’s Fine Arts Award. He discusses: growing up in Harlem, New York, during the Great Depression; studying art at a Works Progress Administration (WPA) art center; meeting artists from the Harlem Renaissance; his work with the WPA; his series of paintings of Haitian General Toussaint L’Ouverture; his painting style; and painting about the human struggle. Hinton also interviews Lou Stovall, a printmaker, who discusses his collaboration with Lawrence.