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Laura Wheeler Waring presentation

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In honoring Black History, Looking at Art will present an overview of some of the Black artists who have contributed to the canon of Art History. Recently, ‘Looking at Art’ presented the works of Laura Wheeler Waring.
She was one of the most influential painters during the Harlem Renaissance.
Laura Wheeler Waring’s portraits of the leading artists, thinkers, activists, influential members of Black society, family, and friends were infused with depth and empathy. These qualities merged with the impressionist style and luminous color she absorbed while living in France. Additionally, Waring founded the art and music departments at the all-Black Cheney Training School for Teachers, now Cheney University. Her forty-year association with the school saw her inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame for her lifelong “commitment to teaching and art and her prolific influence on future generations of African American Artists and Teachers”.
Our alumni often reminisce about the Monday morning all-school gatherings when they sat silently in an auditorium staring at slides (yes, the ones with the slide projector!) and learning about different artists and their mediums. They may not have been so enthusiastic about these gatherings at the time, but they now realize that those Looking at Art sessions sparked a love for the arts that has stayed with them. 
Today, Teacher Deborah consciously includes a diverse variety of artists mirroring the varied makeup of our student body. Her commitment to inclusivity is unwavering, as she continues to inspire the next generation.
Stay tuned for this bi-weekly Looking at Art Latest News feature to learn alongside our students and broaden your own appreciation for art.