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Art in the Library

The Mott-Warsh Collection maintains a revolving display of art work by celebrated black artists. They are on loan to University of Michigan-Flint for a limited time to provide our community with an opportunity to view items from this renounced private art collection.

Located on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library, just across the room from the Main Entrance to the Library, the display hangs on the west wall, easy to locate and easy to view.

This summer, we currently host a display of works by the artist Hale Woodruff (1900-1980). Selections are from his “Atlanta” period from the 1930s era.

Each new display will also have a flyer available nearby which contains information about the various pieces as well as the artist who created them.

The seven works currently on display are titled (respectively):

a. African Headdress

b. Old Church

c. Returning Home

d. Relics

e. Giddap

f. Trusty on a Mule

g. Sunday Pomenade

The artist, Hale Woodruff, was born in Cairo, Illinois in 1900 and began as a self-taught artist drawing cartoons in his youth. He later attended college at the John Herron Art Institute of Indianapolis and Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. He spent four years in Paris studying at the Academie Scandinave e Academie Modern before returning to the United States and a teaching position at Atlanta University. He taught at New York University from 1945 through 1968 before retiring as an active member of the art world until his death in 1980.

Woodruff’s woks are included in major collections in many of our greatest institutes, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute.

To learn more about Hale Woodruff, and to spend some time enjoying a selection of his early work, please visit Thompson Library on the University of Michigan Flint campus.

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