Reginald Adolph Gammon (1921-2005)
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reginald Adolph Gammon was an African American teacher, painter and print maker. During the 18 months after he graduated from high school, Gammon worked at the shipyard while going to art school at night. After serving in the Navy from 1944-1946, Gammon turned down many scholarships and moved to New York City in 1948. He was invited to join the group of African American artists, Sprial, in 1963, which included well known Harlem Renaissance artists Romare Bearden, Richard Mayhew, Hale Woodruff and Alvin Hollingsworth. Gammon later became an "Art Expert" in the New York public school system, teaching a Saturday Academy program that allowed Harlem's children to paint alongside Harlem Renaissance artists. He was recruited to teach at Western Michigan University and retired from that institution 21 years later as a Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts Humanities. In 1922, Gammon moved to New Mexico and joined the New Mexico Afro-American Artist Guild and the Albuquerque United Artists.