Laura Wheeler Waring (1887-1948)
Artist and educator best known for her landscape paintings and portraits of prominent African Americans (Inducted 1997)
Laura Wheeler Waring was born and lived in Hartford. A product of the Hartford public school system, she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. For nearly three decades, she directed the Art and Music Department at Cheyney State College in Pennsylvania. Her landscapes were shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Concord Gallery in Washington DC and the Art Institute in Chicago. She was also acclaimed for her portraits of W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson and Marian Anderson. Like many artists, writers and performers, she was considered a part of the Harlem Renaissance even though she did not reside in New York. Her birthplace is located at 47 Fairmount Street in Hartford.
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