Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968)
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller was an African American artist who centered her work around Afrocentric themes and subjects. In 1894, she was the recipient of a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art (PMSIA), now known as the University of the Arts College of Art and Design, where she received her diploma and teacher's certificate in 1899. Fuller spent time in Paris and studied sculpture and drawing, becoming a protege of Auguste Rodin. When she returned to the U.S. in 1902, the Philadelphia art scene shunned her due to her opinions on racial equality. She is well known for exploring her African American roots and her influence as an artist has helped promote African American art in the United States. Despite the rejection by her contemporaries, she was the first American woman to receive a commission from the U.S. government to create Fuller put on many exhibitions until her last show at Howard University in 1961.