Two American Icons: Jacob Lawrence and Lois Mailou-Jones

Meridian International Center partnered with the Department of State African Bureau to create Two American Icons: Jacob Lawrence and Lois Mailou Jones. This exhibition included 26 prints by Jacob Lawrence and 6 prints by Lois Mailou Jones. Each of these African American artists made their mark on the American art scene in different ways and from different directions. Both shared a strong connection with Haiti, as well as with the Harlem Renaissance. Although their styles are markedly different, both artists were influenced by the world around them.

The exhibition prints were on loan from the estate collections of the two artists. Meridian is grateful to the Gwen Knight Lawrence and the D.C. Moore Gallery in New York, the repository for the Jacob Lawrence works, and to the Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust for making possible the loan of these works.

Please visit the exhibition website to learn more.

Project summary

Two American Icons: Jacob Lawrence and Lois Mailou-Jones | May 2005
Regions: Western Hemisphere, Africa
Countries: South Africa, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Angola, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, United States
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Public Sector, Private Sector, Individuals/Donors