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“Island Dancers” by Selma Burke

@ Temple University

Mosley, John W


Photograph of a Selma Burke's sculpture, “Island Dancers” at a Pyramid Club Art exhibition curated by Dox Thrash. During her short marriage to Claude McKay, Burke became involved in the Harlem Renaissance, working with the Works Progress Administration and the Harlem Artists Guild. In 1940 she opened the Selma Burke School of Sculpture in New York City. In 1941 Burke earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. She founded the Selma Burke Art Center in Pittsburgh and July 20, 1075 was proclaimed Selma Burke Day by Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp. Her “Temptation”, “Despair”, and “Fallen Angel” sculptures are on display throughout the United States, including her Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture at Marshall Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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