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Sam Gilliam, American artist. Recipient Norman W. Harris Prize Award, Art Institute Chicago, 1969, Distinguished Alumnus Award, University Louisville, 1975, President Award, Maryland College Art & Design, 1987, Order Merit Award, University Louisville Alumni Association, 1987; grantee, National Endowment Arts, 1967, 1989.

Background

Gilliam, Sam was born on November 30, 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi, United States. Son of Sam and Estery C. (Cousins) Gilliam.

Education

Bachelor, University Louisville, 1955. Master of Arts, University Louisville, 1961. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Louisville, 1980.

Doctor of Arts (honorary), Northwestern University, 1990. Numerous Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary).

Career

Instructor art Public School Systems, Washington, 1958—1967. Instructor painting Corcoran School Art, 1964—1967, Maryland Institute Art, Baltimore, 1967—1982. Professor painting University Maryland, 1982—1985, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 1985—1989.

Works

  • painting

    • Castle Banner 5

    • Mars at Angles

    • Elegy #2

    • Remembering Girls Ajar

    • Aviation 3

    • Untitled

    • Manet I

    • Red April

    • St. Albans

    • Untitled

    • Pink Flutter

    • Wide

    • Red Linger

    • Pretty Boxes

    • Icon

    • Untitled

    • Manet II

    • Red Petals

    • Icon

    • Fog In The Hollow

    • Blue Swirl

    • Cubes

    • Abstraction

    • Rhinoceros 3

    • Manet III

    • Bowling

    • Rainfall

    • Sea Color

    • Sac 1

    • Time Before History

    • Tempo Series #2

    • Horse

    • With Orange

    • Blue Line

    • Rubiyat

    • Loon

    • Fog Light

    • Restore

    • Buoy Landscape II

    • Toward a Red

    • Black Garland

    • In Celebration

    • Stand

    • River Falls

    • A Spring Thaw

    • Untitled

    • Untitled

    • Sac 2

    • Comet I

    • Pearlie

    • Water Surface

    • Untitled

    • Newly Little

    • Horses Upside Down

    • Light Depth

    • Lattice

    • Waking Up

    • Ibis

    • This Time

    • Lot and Square

    • April 4

    • Recitals

    • Light Fan

    • Bluest

    • Wall Cascade with Mirror

    • Tapestry

    • Coffee Thyme

    • Close to Trees

    • Plow

    • Tempo

    • Baptistry

    • Lady Day II

    • Wall Forest

    • A Warmth, A Lightness, A Glow and Then

    • Chehaw

Membership

Board director Washington Project Arts, 1980—1985. Art committee, board director College Art Association, 1985—1988. Public art work committee, advisory board Anacostia Community Organization, 1987—1988.

Fellow: Washington Gallery Modern Art, 1968, Guggenheim, 1971.

Connections

Children: Stephanie, Melissa, Leah.

father:
Sam Gilliam

mother:
Estery C. (Cousins) Gilliam

children:
Stephanie Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam

Leah Gilliam