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Lou Stovall
File:Lou Stovall.jpg
Lou Stovall
Nationality American
Education Rhode Island School of Design, Howard University
Known for Silkscreen Printmaking, Drawing

Lou Stovall (b. January 1, 1937 in Athens, Georgia) is an African American master silkscreen printmaker and artist.


Lou Stovall was born in January of 1937 in Athens, Georgia. At a young age he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts when his family relocated. Stovall's father was a factory worker for the Westinghouse Corporation and his mother worked in Springfield Armory during the war. He worked while attended grammar school at the Grower's Outlet grocery store in Springfield. During his time at the store he began to apprentice with the employee who made silkscreen signs for all of the items in the store. His teacher, Helen Norrgard at Springfield Technical High School gave him his first silkscreen set. He graduated from Springfield Technical High School in 1957.

Lou Stovall received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School of Design in 1957. He attended the school for only one semester. When his father died in 1958, Stovall left the Rhode Island School of Design and returned home to Springfield to help his family. It wasn't until January 1962 that he started school again at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has lived in Washington D.C. ever since.


In early 1968 Lou Stovall received a grant from the Philip M. Stern Family Foundation. [1]

Lou Stovall participated in political demonstrations during the 1960's. Instead of marching and potentially getting arrested, he chose to produces posters in support of civil rights and against the war in Vietnam. Some posters were created to contribute to the causes others were commissioned by organizations that enjoyed his work. [2]

In 1979, Lou Stovall was named one of the Washingtonians of the Year [3]

Since 1966, Stovall's passion for printmaking and his innovative techniques have attracted innumerable commissions to print works from a number of artists such as Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeff Donaldson, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, and James Lesesne Wells. [4]

Major Exhibitions[edit]

  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1972
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, 1975
  • El Museo de Arte Moderna La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia, 1976
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1980
  • The American Embassy, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1984
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1992
  • Fondo Del Sol, Washington, D.C., 1996 [5]


  • Printmaker of Distinction Award, Southern Graphics Conference, Washington, DC 2005
  • Grant in his name to Printmaking Students at Howard University from the Howard and Shirley Metzenbaum Family Philanthropic
  • Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Ohio, 2004
  • Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC, 2001
  • Alumni Achievement Award, Howard University Convocation, Washington D.C. 2001
  • Board of Directors Award, Source Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., 1988
  • Fourth Annual Mayor's Art Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Washington, D.C., 1985
  • Washingtonian of the Year, Washington, D.C., 1979
  • The National Endowment for the Arts, Workshop Grants, 1972, 1973, and 1974
  • The National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, 1972
  • Stern Family Fund Grant, 1968-1974



  1. ^ Richard, 1969
  2. ^ Tyman, 1983
  3. ^ "The Washingtonian," 1979
  4. ^ Fleming, 1996
  5. ^ Artist Biographies
  6. ^


  • Richard, Paul (October 10, 1969). "Corcoran's New Workshop". The Washington Post
  • Tyman, Kathleen (October 7, 1983). "The Stovalls live for beauty's sake". The Washington Times
  • Richard, Paul (October 4, 2001). "Lou Stovall, Prince of Prints", The Washington Post" [1]
  • "Origin and the Landscape" (December 2006). The Prada Gallery[2]
  • Baer, Susan (February 1, 2006) "Artist Finds New Style", The Washingtonian[3]
  • "Past Washingtonians of the Year", The Washingtonian 1979 [4]
  • "Lou Stovall," Howard Univeristy, 2001 [5]
  • "Lou Stovall," Artist Biographies, Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David Driskell Collection [6]
  • Fleming, Tuliza (1996). Narratives of African American Art and Identity [7]

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