Harmon Foundation

Harmon Foundation

The Harmon Foundation was established in 1922 by William E. Harmon. It served as a large scale patron of African American art and helped gain recognition for African American artists who otherwise would have remained largely unknown.

A significant part of the Harmon Foundation's support for African American artists was given by way of formal awards. Among the many artists to receive awards were Hale Woodruff, Palmer Hayden (who won for "Fetiche et Fleurs"), and Archibald Motley (his winning piece was "The Octoroon Girl").

In addition to the awards, the Foundation is also well known for the travelling exhibitions it sponsored.

The Foundation lasted until 1967.

Sources

African-American Art (Oxford History of Art) by Sharon F. Patton.

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