J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.—legendary African American artist, educator,author, lecturer and researcher—was born on October 17, 1918, in Greensboro, N.C. His formal education began with a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in 1938, followed closely by a master’s from Ohio State University in 1940. His further studies included Arizona State University and the American Artists School in New York City but also spanned the globe to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Marseilles, France. In 1963, Grigsby earned a doctorate from New York University.
The celebration of Grigsby’s work in one-man and group shows dot the decades with a timeline of exhibits that began in 1938 with the 2nd Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro, at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. One-man shows have included the Hewitt Gallery in New York City, Wirsham Art Gallery in Luxemburg, and the Phoenix Art Museum’s “Eye of Shamba” A 65-Year Retrospective. His public collections are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Printmaking Workshop in New York City, the Library of Congress, the Cape Coast Museum in West Africa, and Philadelphia’s Brandywine Workshop, as well as art centers and galleries in leading universities and public venues across the nation.