Artists from North Carolina

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  1. Jeff Hardy

    Jeff Hardy


    Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician he is best known for his work in WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling).

  2. Romare Bearden

    Romare Bearden


    Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988) was an American artist and writer who depicted African-American life. He has worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden moved to New York City at a very young age and went on to graduate from NYU in 1935. He began his artistic career creating scenes of the American South. Later, he endeavored to express the humanity he felt was lacking in the world after his experience in the US Army during World War II on the European front. He later returned to Paris in 1950 and studied Art History and Philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1950.

  3. Kenneth Noland

    Kenneth Noland


    Kenneth Noland (April 10, 1924 – January 5, 2010) was an American abstract painter. He was one of the best-known American Color Field painters, although in the 1950s he was thought of as an abstract expressionist and in the early 1960s he was thought of as a minimalist painter. Noland helped establish the Washington Color School movement. In 1977, he was honored by a major retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York that then traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art in 1978. In 2006, Noland's Stripe Paintings were exhibited at the Tate in London.

  4. Matt Baker (artist)

    Matt Baker (artist)


    Clarence Matthew Baker (December 10, 1921 – August 11, 1959) was an American comic book artist who drew the costumed crimefighter Phantom Lady, among many other characters. Active in the 1940s and 1950s Golden Age of comic books, he is the first known African-American artist to find success in the comic-book industry. He also penciled an early form of graphic novel, St. John Publications' digest-sized "picture novel" It Rhymes with Lust (1950).

  5. Elliott Hundley

    Elliott Hundley


    Elliott Hundley (born 1975 in Greensboro, North Carolina ) is an American artist, living and working in Los Angeles.

  6. Jeanne Bessette

    Jeanne Bessette


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  7. John T. Biggers

    John T. Biggers


    John Thomas Biggers (April 13, 1924 – January 25, 2001) was an African-American muralist who came to prominence after the Harlem Renaissance and toward the end of World War II. Biggers was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, and attended the Lincoln Academy, the Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), and then Pennsylvania State University, from which he earned a doctorate in 1954. From 1954 to 1955, he was in his home town, working on the many paintings that are now very well distinguished.

  8. Jessamine Shumate

    Jessamine Shumate


    Ada Jessamine Shumate (born on March 31, 1902 as Ada Jessamine White in Horsepasture, Virginia - on December 16, 1990 in Greenville, North Carolina) was an American artist, historian and cartographer, winner of the "Award of Distinction" in 1955 from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

  9. Irene Moon

    Irene Moon


    Irene Moon (born Katja Seltman or Seltmann) is an American entomologist, performance artist, musician, playwright, actor, and filmmaker. She has published in the field of entomology as Katja Seltmann, but is best known for her alter-ego Irene Moon, under which name she has released a series of musical recordings, performance art-entomology lectures, insect/human hybrid dolls and Auk Theatre, a cycle of absurdist-horror plays that she writes and performs. She has also toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe in all of these capacities. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

  10. Ray Billingsley

    Ray Billingsley


    Ray Billingsley (born July 25, 1957) created the American comic strip Curtis, which is distributed by King Features Syndicate and printed in more than 250 newspapers nationwide.

  11. Alison Overton

    Alison Overton


    Alison Overton (born 1960) is an American artist from North Carolina.

  12. Jeffrey Mims

    Jeffrey Mims


    D. Jeffrey Mims (born 1954) is a painter, educator, lecturer, and muralist working in the classical realist tradition.

  13. Selma Burke

    Selma Burke


    Selma Hortense Burke (December 31, 1900 – August 29, 1995) was an American sculptor. She educated others in her passion of art, she founded two art schools, one in New York City and another in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her art is on display in Washington D.C and North Carolina. Burke is best known for her bas relief of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  14. Harriet Bogart

    Harriet Bogart


    Harriet Bogart (April 26, 1917 - March 22, 1988) is an American painter and teacher.

  15. Annie Hooper

    Annie Hooper


    Annie Hooper (26 February 1897 - 11 January 1986) was a sculptor of visionary religious art from Buxton, North Carolina. Her work is an example of folk art, outsider art, and visionary art.

  16. Burk Uzzle

    Burk Uzzle


    Burk Uzzle (August 4, 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American photojournalist, previously member of Magnum Photos and president from 1979 to 1980.

  17. Kathryn Reynolds (photographer)

    Kathryn Reynolds (photographer)


    Kathryn Taylor Reynolds, born 1977 in Winston-Salem, NC, is an American Fine Art Photographer and Artist.

  18. Marc Y. Chenevert

    Marc Y. Chenevert

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  19. William Artis

    William Artis


    William Ellisworth Artis (born Washington, North Carolina, 1914 - died 1977) was an African-American sculptor. He was a pupil of Augusta Savage and exhibited with the Harmon Foundation. He studied at the Art Students League of New York and Syracuse University, where he worked with Ivan Meštrović; he later taught at Nebraska Teachers College in Kearney (today Chadron State College and Mankato State College.

  20. Simon Sparrow

    Simon Sparrow


    Simon Sparrow (1925-2000) was an American folk artist, a painter and mixed media artist who was born in West Africa and grew up in North Carolina on a Cherokee Reservation. He was a self-taught artist and received a Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award (WVALAA) in 2012. Sparrow's work is considered folk art and his piece Assemblage with Found Objects is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the 3rd Floor, Luce Foundation Center.

  21. Benjamin King (artist)

    Benjamin King (artist)


    Benjamin King (born 1977 in Durham, North Carolina) is an American artist. He currently lives and works in New York City.

  22. D. Jeffrey Mims

    D. Jeffrey Mims


    D. Jeffrey Mims (born 1954) is a painter, educator, lecturer, and muralist working in the classical realist tradition.

  23. Lara Piper

    Lara Piper


    Lara Piper (born November 22, 1974) is an American film, and television actress and figurative sculptor based in North Carolina.

  24. Herbert Lee Waters

    Herbert Lee Waters


    Herbert Lee Waters (1902-1997) was an American photographer and filmmaker. Waters was born in Caroleen, North Carolina. He worked as a studio photographer in Lexington, North Carolina. Waters also created over 252 short films that make up a series, Movies of Local People, depicting life in small towns in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Waters arranged screenings of the short films at local cinemas. They were usually played before the feature film of the screening. Waters made the films profitable for himself through admission prices and contributions from local businesses that wished to appear in the films.

  25. Haywood Rivers

    Haywood Rivers


    Haywood “Bill” Rivers (May 8, 1922, Morven, North Carolina, USA - December 27, 2001 ) was an African American contemporary artist.

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