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Conwill, Houston Eugene

(born: April 2, 1947  -  died: November 14, 2016) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Houston Conwill was a multi-talented painter and sculptor. He received many awards, including the Prix de Rome Fellowship in 1984 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1987. He collaborated on the creation of a terrazzo and brass project, Rivers, for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

Houston Conwill was the brother of artist and poet Estelle Conwill Majozo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California. He died in 2016 in New York City.

For more see The African American Almanac, 9th ed.; St. James Guide to Black Artists, ed. by T. Riggs; Art at the Edge, by H. Conwill and S. Krane; Sam Roberts, "Houston Conwill, Whose Sculptures Celebrated Black Culture, Dies at 69," 11/20/2016, at the New York Times website; "Houston Conwill" at the Hamer Museum website; 1991 exhibit works at the Museum of Modern Art website; Elizabeth Karp-Evans, "Remembering Houston Conwill" at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Kadice Frederick, "Remembering Sculptor Houston Conwill (1947-2016)," 12/22/2016, at The New York Public Library website; and "Houston Conwill Works" at the Hirshhorn Museum.

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NKAA Entry: Majozo, Estella Conwill
NKAA Source: African American almanac
NKAA Source: St. James guide to Black artists

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