Reginald William Gammon

American , 1921 - 2005

Painter, printmaker and educator, Reginald Gammon was born in 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and the Stella Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1954 to 1964 he worked for the advertising firm, Lifton, Gold and Asher. From 1967 to 1969 he served as the artist-in- residence for the New York City Board of Education.

Gammon was a founding member of “Spiral,” an artist collective that formed in 1963 to discuss the impact that African American artists could have on the civil rights movement. In 1969, following the disbandment of Spiral, Gammon joined the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition to protest the treatment of African American art in mainstream institutions such as the Whitney Museum of Modern Art.

His works, which focused on social injustice and the civil rights era, have been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Following his retirement in 1991 from Western Michigan University, where he was a Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Humanities, he resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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