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Selma Burke, American sculptor, 1900-1995, in her studio | by Smithsonian Institution
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Selma Burke, American sculptor, 1900-1995, in her studio

Description: Selma Hortense Burke is one of the few African-American women sculptors who achieved a high level of national recognition during her lifetime. She received national recognition for her relief portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt which was the model for his image on the dime. She was committed to teaching art to others, so she established the Selma Burke Art School in New York City and opened the Selma Burke Art Center in Pittsburgh, PA.


Creator/Photographer: Peter A. Juley & Son


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in


Culture: American


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Repository: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives


Collection: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection - The Peter A. Juley & Son Collection is comprised of 127,000 black-and-white photographic negatives documenting the works of more than 11,000 American artists. Throughout its long history, from 1896 to 1975, the Juley firm served as the largest and most respected fine arts photography firm in New York. The Juley Collection, acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1975, constitutes a unique visual record of American art sometimes providing the only photographic documentation of altered, damaged, or lost works. Included in the collection are over 4,700 photographic portraits of artists.


Accession number: J0100404

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Taken on February 16, 2005