Hale Woodruff (1900 - 1980)
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Hale Woodruff was an African American printmaker, draftsman, and painter who was born in Cairo, Illinois. After his father died, he moved with his mother to Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated from Nashville's Pearl High School. After high school, Woodruff attended the Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. Being a member of the Atlanta University faculty for fifteen years, Woodruff was one of the first college studio art professors in the entire state of Georgia. In 1946, he moved to New York to teach at New York University. Woodruff's early work was influenced by his exposure to cubism while living in France during the late 1920s. Also inspired by Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera, much of Woodruff's work depicts the urban and rural landscapes of Georgia. Some of his most famous works include, Amistad Mutiny (1938) and Art of the Negro at Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries.