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Archibald J. Motley, Jr.

1891: Born October 7 in New Orleans, LA into a Creole home

1924: Married: February 14th to Edith Granzo

1928: Wins the Harmon Foundation gold medal for The Octoroon Girl

1929: Wins a Guggenheim Fellowship for a year of study in Paris

1933: hired by easel division of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP)

1935: Completed murals for music room at Nichols School, Evanston, IL

1948: Death of Edith Motley on December 17

1949: Due to financial problems, accepted a job painting shower curtains for Styletone, maker of hand-painted shower curtains

1957: Worked for Artistic, Inc. painting shower curtains

1981: Died January 16 in Chicago, IL


Archibald J. Motley Jr., by Amy M. Mooney, Pomegranate Communications, Inc., San Francisco, CA (2004)
Archibald J. Motley, Jr.: American artist of the Afro-American people, 1891-1928, by Elaine D. Woodall, M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University (1977)
The Art of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Jontyle Theresa Robinson and Wendy Greenhouse, Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL (1991)
The Crisis of Crossing: Race and Identity in the Work of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., by Amy M. Mooney, Ph.D. Dissertation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2001)
“An Early Portrait by Archibald J. Motley, Jr.,” by Wendy Greenhouse – in The American Art Journal, Volume XXIX, Numbers 1 and 2 (no date)
“Looking Backward – Archibald J. Motley” by Elaine D. Woodall in Chicago History, Volume VII, Number 1, Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL (Spring 1979)