Selma Burke with Humbert Howard, Rex Goreleigh and Ellis Wilson at a Pyramid Club Art Exhibition
@ Temple University
Mosley, John W
DescriptionPhotograph of (L-R) Humbert Howard, Mrs. Goreleigh, unidentified woman, Rex Goreleigh, unidentified man, unidentified woman, Selma Burke, unidentified woman, Sylvester Smith (President of the Pyramid Club), and Ellis Wilson (artist) at the Pyramid Club Art Exhibition. 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 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.