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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Azure Blue
Favorite Food:
Spinach, Garlic
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
Rise Above It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1927
Birth Location:
Ontario,

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Azure Blue
Favorite Food:
Spinach, Garlic
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
Rise Above It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1927
Birth Location:
Ontario
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Biography

Artis Lane was born in North Buxton in southern Ontario, Canada, on May 14, 1927. When she was two years old, Lane’s family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Lane attended school and began to distinguish herself as an artist. By the age of fifteen, she was painting portraits of her classmates, and after graduating from high school, she was awarded a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. After graduating, she married journalist Bill Lane and moved with him to Detroit, where the Urban League, Detroit Chapter, played an instrumental role in Lane’s being the first woman to be admitted to Cranbrook Art Academy. Lane used her artistic talent to help support her family by painting portraits of auto industry executives and then Governor of Michigan George Romney.

Lane met actress Diahann Carroll shortly afterwards, and moved to New York City, where she continued to paint portraits while becoming a member of Portraits Incorporated. She soon moved to Los Angeles and began working with Universal Studios. There, she met actor Cary Grant, and the two became close friends. Over the ensuing decades, she was commissioned to paint such notables as President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Henry Kissinger, Barbara Bush, Rosa Parks, Michael Jordan and Aretha Franklin, among others. In addition to her portraitures, Lane created bronze sculptures for the National Council of Negro Women’s Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune.

Lane has created bronze sculptures for the Soul Train Awards and has designed book covers and the original logo for the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Lane has held exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada. Her works can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Missouri Library, AT&T’s corporate collection, the offices of Motown Records and numerous private galleries.

Lane is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Women of Excellence Award from the Chatham-Kent Family YMCA in Canada, the Museum of African American Art Award in Los Angeles, and the Women for Women Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital Foundation. In 2004, Lane continued to live and work in Los Angeles.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Artis Lane lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Artis Lane recalls her mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Artis Lane discusses Mary Shadd Carey, the abolitionist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Artis Lane describes her mother's home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Artis Lane reflects on her father's family and Buxton, Ontario
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Artis Lane recounts her early artistic endeavors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Artis Lane shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Artis Lane discusses Raoul Abdul and Spencer Alexander
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Artis Lane describes North Buxton, Ontario, Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Artis Lane recalls her elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Artis Lane details how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Artis Lane reflects on the racial climate in Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Artis Lane remembers her high school art studies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Artis Lane shares her experiences in Toronto
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Artis Lane recounts her courtship and marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Artis Lane remembers being the first black student at Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Artis Lane explains her family's reaction to her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Artis Lane explains why she has no college degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Artis Lane recalls her early career in portraiture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Artis Lane lists some of the people she painted
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Artis Lane recounts her move to Los Angeles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Artis Lane discusses her work in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Artis Lane remembers an influential professor of art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Artis Lane expresses her views on conservatism and religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Artis Lane details her search for the "generic man" and "generic woman"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Artis Lane discusses the intersection of metaphysics and art in her work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Artis Lane recalls painting Dorothy Height
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Artis Lane describes her friendship with Cary Grant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Artis Lane discusses Charlton Heston
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Artis Lane reflects on her portrait of Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Artis Lane recounts meeting Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Artis Lane remembers painting John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Artis Lane recalls her portrait of Yeslam bin Laden
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Artis Lane describes her most difficult portrait
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Artis Lane discusses her portrait of Rosa Parks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Artis Lane talks about her favorite piece
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Artis Lane reflects on meeting Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Artis Lane details her creative process behind sculpting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Artis Lane recalls her sculptures of Malcolm X and Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Artis Lane discusses her husband and the film he produced
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Artis Lane expresses her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Artis Lane ponders her career and legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Artis Lane describes her family's reaction to her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Artis Lane reflects on how she wants to be remembered