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Curtis Tann
20th Century Modern Enamelist
United States, (December 4, 1915–July 21, 1992) Born in Ohio, Tann studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1935 to 1939. He also studied at Karamu House, an important cultural and educational center for the African American community. After serving in the Army from 1942 to 1946, Tann moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1952 to 1956. In 1953, he became a founding member with Charles White and others of Eleven Associated Artists (later, called the Art West Association), a group of LA-based artists in support of the creative work of African Americans.
July 21, 1992, Los Angeles, California

2002: "A Cultural Legacy: The Pasadena Society of Artists Diamond Jubilee Exhibition," April 6 - June 16, 2002, The Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, California
1996 - 1997: "Yet Still We Rise: African American Art in Cleveland 1920-1970," March 15 - April 20, 1996, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio; December 22, 1996 - January 26, 1997, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; April 24 - July 12, 1997, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
1994: " The Russell and Rowena Jelliffe Collection: Prints and Drawings from the Karamu Workshop 1929-1941," Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
1955: "Crawford Show," Los Angeles, California
ca. 1955: Solo exhibition, Dixie Lee Art Gallery, La Jolla, California
1954: Solo exhibition, Jack Carr Art Gallery, South Pasadena, California
1954: "California Design," Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum), Pasadena, California
1953: Eleven Associated Artists Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1942: "Negro Art from Cleveland's Karamu House," American Contemporary Artists (ACA) Gallery, New York, New York
1942: Solo exhibition, People's Art Center, Wichita, Kansas
n.d.: Solo exhibition, Bullock's Department Store, Pasadena, California
n.d.: Solo exhibition, Sascha Brastoff Industries, Los Angeles, California
n.d.: Solo exhibition, Wichita National Crafts Show, Wichita, Kansas

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Work History
1974 - 1985: Art Instructor, Los Angeles Unified School District adult education program, Los Angeles, California
1972 - 1975: Arts program director, Willing Workers for the Mentally Retarded, Los Angeles, California
1967 - 1973: Director, Watts Towers Art Center, Los Angeles, California
1971 - 1972: Art Instructor, Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum), Pasadena, California
1964 - 1967: Head designer/supervisor, Enamels, Hanley Corporation, Glendale, California
ca. 1963: Designer/supervisor, Enamels, Sascha Brastoff Industries, Los Angeles, California
1952 - 1963: Designer/supervisor, Enamels, Renoir-Matisse, Limited, Glendale, California
1953: Co-founder, Eleven Associated Artists Gallery, Los Angeles, California
ca. early 1950s: Partner with Betye Saar, Brown and Tann, enamel business, Los Angeles, California
1942 - 1946: Armed Forces, World War II, United States Army
1937 - 1940: Teacher, Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio
1934 - 1937: Teacher, arts and crafts, Hiram House, Cleveland, Ohio

1952 - 1955: Chouinard Art Institute (California Institute of the Arts), Los Angeles, California
1935 - 1939: Cleveland School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
1934 - 1935: Cleveland Polytechnic School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

December 4, 1915, Circleville, Ohio

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