Artis Lane

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Artis Lane
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Lane at the unveiling of her bust of Sojourner Truth at the U.S. Capitol
Artis Shreve

1927 (age 91–92)
North Buxton, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian, American
EducationOntario College of Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Known forPortraits, sculpture, painting
Notable work
Portrait of Sojourner Truth, Emancipation Hall, Capitol Visitor Center
WebsiteThe Work of Artis Lane

Artis Lane (born Artis Shreve) is a Black Canadian sculptor and painter who was born in North Buxton, a small town near Chatham in Ontario, Canada,[1] in a community largely populated by the descendants of slaves who emigrated to Canada on the Underground Railroad. At two years old her family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she started developing her interests in drawing and painting. Upon graduating high school, she received a scholarship to attend the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario. After receiving her degree, she moved to Detroit, Michigan newly married to her husband, journalist Bill Lane. While there, she continued her education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

The St. James Guide to Black Artists describes Artis Lane's sculpture as "primarily concerned with portraying what she sees as enduring spiritual truths. These truths are that the growth of spiritual awareness is continuous and that nobody ever arrives at perfection. In addition, spiritual awareness connects humans with a universal force." [2]

Her commissions include a series of bronze portraits for the Soul Train Awards, a bronze portrait of Rosa Parks for the Smithsonian Institution and designing the original logo for the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has made sculptures of prominent people as former President George H. W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Walter Annenberg, Michael Jordan, Gordon Getty, Nelson Mandela and Henry Kissinger.[3] The National Congress of Black Women commissioned Lane to create a bronze bust portraying women's-right advocate and abolitionist Sojourner Truth.[1] The bust was unveiled on April 28, 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama for permanent display in the Emancipation Hall at the Capitol Visitor Centre.[4] The Women's Caucus for Art, making Truth the first black woman to be honoured with a bust at the U.S. Capitol. Lane was honoured in 2013 as recipient of the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.[5]


  1. ^ a b [1], Bloomekatz, Ari B., L.A. Artist's 'Truth' to be Unveiled, LATimes. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  2. ^ St. James Guide to Black Artists "Artis Lane" By MARLENA DONAHUE (Detroit: St. James Press, 1997)
  3. ^ Artis Lane bio,
  4. ^ Archived 2016-05-31 at the Wayback Machine Architect of the Capitol
  5. ^ "Women's Caucus for Art". Women's Caucus for Art. Archived from the original on November 17, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  • Donahue, Marlena Artis Lane from "St. James Guide to Black Artists" (edited by Thomas Riggs) (Detroit: St. James Press, 1997), p. 313 Accessed on M. Hanks Gallery website 17 Jul 2008.
  • Lewis, Samella, African American Art and Artists (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2003), pp. 216–217
  • Gumbo YaYa: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists (New York: Mid March Arts Press, 1995)

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