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Shirley Woodson
American Contemporary
American, b. 1936
While Shirley Woodson’s work is exhibited in a variety of acclaimed museums, one of her painted stories has been featured in The White House. The recipient of countless awards, Woodson’s portraits and figurative paintings have both a personal and cultural message, showcasing her life, environment and African American history.
Woodson received her BFA (1958) and her MA (1965) from Wayne State University, working as an art education specialist and art professor at different periods of her life. In the last fifty years, Woodson has been a member of the National Executive Board of the National Conference of Artists and was elected president of the Michigan chapter.
In her studio, Woodson works on multiple paintings at a time, with vivid colors and shapes telling a story of Black culture within most of her works. Woodson advocates for young artists to advance their technical skills and encourages artists of color to get involved with the art community.
-Amelie Lee SC ’23, Wilson Arts Administration Intern 2020


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