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Selma Burke and Humbert Howard

@ Temple University

Mosley, John W


Photograph of Selma Burke (far left0, Humbert Howard (third from left), and others observing a Burke sculpture at the Pyramid Club. Howard was a well-known Philadelphia painter and graduate of West Philadelphia High School (1932) and eventually completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied at the Barnes Foundation and the International Academy of Arts and Letters in Rome. Several of the paintings from his work as part of the 1930 Philadelphia Work Progress Administration Art Project were featured in the 1939 World’s Fair. In 1940 he served as the Director of the Pyramid Club. 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

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