Promise Land by Willie Birch

Willie Birch
Promise Land
1985 Color offset lithograph
21 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.

Born    1942, New Orleans, LA


1973    M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

1969    B.A., Southern University, New Orleans, LA




2014    United States Artists Fellowship, James Baldwin Fellow

2013    National Conference of Artists (NCA) Life Time Achievement Award

Artist in Residence, RedLine Milwaukee “Roll With It, Brass Bands in the streets of New Orleans”, Duke University Press

2012    Sculpture Commission, Jimmy Club Sculpture Garden, St. Ann, Louisiana

2011    Artist in Residence, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)

2009    Artist in Residence, École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes, France

2008    The Benjamin Altman Prize, National Academy of Design

2006    The Pollock Krasner Foundation Award

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

2005    Cue Art Foundation Fellowship

2004     The Governor’s Award, State of Louisiana

2002-4  Artist in Residence, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation

2000    Artist in Residence, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

1997    Commission, Spoffard Juvenile Detention Center, Brooklyn, NY

1996    Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, Arts for Transit, (135th St/Lenox Ave)

Commission, Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A (Murals)

1995    Municipal Collaborative Project for Downtown Winston-Salem, N.C.

1994    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1993    John Guggenheim Fellowship (sculpture)

1989-90   New York State Council on the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Visual Art Fellowship

1987     New York Foundation for the Arts Artists Fellowship Award

1985-86  Brandywine Workshop Visiting Artist Fellowship

1984-85 and 1989-90     National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant

1983 and 1988     Commission, Public Art Fund, Inc., New York, NY

1980-81         Artist in Residence, Henry Street Settlement, New York

1977-78         Artist in Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

1976    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Baltimore, MD, (Sculpture)

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