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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

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All Colors
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All Seasons Except Winter
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Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1910

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1910
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Biography

Artist Allan Crite was born in New Jersey on March 20, 1910. His family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, shortly thereafter. Crite’s mother, poet Annamae, encouraged her young son to draw as a means of keeping him busy. Crite’s work attracted the attention of his fifth-grade teacher, who suggested he enroll in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts’ Children’s Art School. Crite credited his mother and teacher as the strongest influences in his life.

After graduating from high school in 1929, he won a scholarship to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Crite spent a year as a Works Projects Administration artist in the 1930s. In 1940, Crite took a job as an engineering draftsman with the Boston Naval Shipyard, where he sketched ships and illustrated machines at Boston Yard for thirty years.

Crite’s work can be categorized into three basic themes: Negro spirituals, religious themes that emphasize non-European aspects of the Bible and general African American experiences. He always used his art to teach, for both religious and historical reasons. Crite contributed to the African American art scene in Boston by creating the Artist’s Collective, a forum for emerging African American artists.

Crite was a prolific artist and his work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery, National Cathedral, Smithsonian Institute, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and the Museum of Fine Arts. He authored several books, received numerous honorary degrees and lectured widely.

Crite passed away on September 6, 2007 at the age of 97.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Allan Crite interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Allan Crite talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Allan Crite further discusses his father's origins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Allan Crite shares details of his mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Allan Crite talks about his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Allan Crite talks about the difficulty of raising parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Allan Crite reveals his earliest artistic beginnings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Allan Crite describes Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Allan Crite describes how his mother started him on the path to drawing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Allan Crite describes a special memory from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Allan Crite discusses his early formal arts education in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Allan Crite remembers his years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Allan Crite details the influence attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts had upon him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Alan Crite recalls his first exhibition in Boston
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Allan Crite discusses public reaction to his art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Allan Crite details his spiritual influences in his work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Allan Crite discusses the publication of his first book
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Allan Crite discusses his conncetion with Harvard University Press
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Allan Crite talks about the reviews of his book
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Allan Crite describes his art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Allan Crite discusses his decades as a Navy draftsman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Allan Crite shares the inspiration for his religious drawings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Allan Crite recalls his trip to Mexico in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Allan Crite discusses using gold leaf in his art work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Allan Crite details his life during the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Allan Crite on the appeal of his art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Allan Crite talks about the appeal of his art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Allan Crite recalls encounters with major black artists of the 20th century
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Allan Crite on life in Boston and its effect on his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Allan Crite remembers his mother and her influence in his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Allan Crite describes the inspiration for some of his art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Allan Crite discusses a few of his pieces
  • Tape: 2 Story: 17 - Allan Crite details his commission to illustrate the Book of Revelation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Allan Crite discusses his friendships with other artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Allan Crite shares some of his artistic frustrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Allan Crite contemplates an alternate life's path
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Allan Crite shares his thoughts on what makes an artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Allan Crite on the nature of art and recording of history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Allan Crite on his hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Allan Crite sees his artistic life as a continuum
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Allan Crite's favorites
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Allan Crite's shares his beautiful philosphy of life and living
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Photo- William Crite portrait
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Photo- Allan Crite in workspace
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Photo- Allan Crite at a Harvard University commencement 1997
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Photo- Allan Crite as guest of honor for Cmmonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives in 1998
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Photo- Allan Crite with his mother in circa 1916
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Photo- Allan Crite portrait in 1984
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Photo- Allan Crite Polaroid portrait by Roger Gregoire