Delilah Pierce

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Delilah W. Pierce
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States[1]

Delilah Williams Pierce (1904 – 1992) was an African American artist, curator and educator based in Washington, District of Columbia.[1][2][3] Pierce was best known for upholding the African American art in her model figure and genre painting, abstraction.[4][5]


Pierce lived her life as an educator, artist and curator. After graduating from Miner Teachers College and Howard University (BS), and Teachers College-Columbia University (MA), Delilah went on to earn the Agnes-Meyer Fellowship (Europe, Middle East and Africa study), where she traveled and was influenced by the cultures and landscapes of London, Paris, Holland, Rome, Greece, Lebanon, the Holy Land, the River Jordan, Cairo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Dakar.

She was a member of the Smith-Mason Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as well as, the Old Sculpin Gallery and Cousen Rose Gallery’s in Massachusetts. Her work is among the permanent collections in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art,[1] University of District of Columbia, Howard University, Evans-Tibbs Collection, Barnett-Aden Collection, Smith-Mason Gallery of Art, and Bowie State College.

A month before her death in 1992, she obtained an honorary degree from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (DHL). She supported local education.[3]

Notable works[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Clarenbach, Catharine B. (2010). Mind, body, and spirit : celebrating regional women artists : January 18-March 14, 2010, University of Maryland University College. Adelphi, Md.: University of Maryland University College.
  • Henkes, Robert (1993). The art of Black American women : works of twenty-four artists of the twentieth century. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 9780899508184.


  1. ^ a b c d "Delilah Pierce". Collections. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Delilah Pierce". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Delilah W. Pierce". June 3, 1992. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Delilah W. Pierce (1904 to 1992), artist, curator, educator, and advocate, is known for her fluid style, which ranged from figurative to abstract". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Delilah Pierce - Artist, Fine Art Prices, Auction Records for Delilah Pierce". Retrieved 2 October 2016.