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Lee Ransaw

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Fine Artist
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
Be Well, Do Good Work, And Keep In Touch.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1938
Birth Location:
Little Rock, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Fine Artist
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
Be Well, Do Good Work, And Keep In Touch.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1938
Birth Location:
Little Rock
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Biography

Fine artist and art professor Lee Ransaw, was born on March 24, 1938, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Sylvia and Lee Lester. In 1955, Ransaw received his high school diploma from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He later attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he earned his B.A. degree in art education in 1962 and his M.A. degree in fine arts in 1966. In 1973, Ransaw received his Ed.D. degree from Illinois State University.

While Ransaw was a graduate student at Illinois State University, he travelled to Nashville, Tennessee where he met artist and scholar David Driskell. This visit inspired Ransaw to begin collecting artwork for his private art collection. After taking courses at Pratt Institute in New York, Ransaw moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught African art and Afro-American art at Emory University. In 1979, Ransaw was hired at Morris Brown College as an art professor where he painted the Centennial Mural which depicted the history of the college. The mural was considered to be a national project and was commissioned by the Atlanta Coca Cola Bottling Company. In 2002, Ransaw along with Lamar Wilson, director of Ruth Hall Hodges Art Gallery, founded The National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) on the campus of Morris Brown College. Ransaw, then dean of arts and letters, and chair of the fine art department at the college, initially held a statewide exhibit that featured the artwork of the art faculty from Georgia based HBCUs. NAAHBCU held its first major traveling exhibition entitled Visions From Within at the James Kemp Gallery at The Black Academy of Arts & Letters in Dallas, Texas and featured thirty artists. In 2004, Ransaw was hired as an adjunct art professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Ramsaw retired as president of NAAHBCU in 2010 and served as chairman of the organization.

Among his many honors and awards were The Distinguished United Negro College Fund Scholars Award in Washington, D.C., The Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Ford Foundation Fellowship, and a Bronze Jubilee Award for artistic achievement given by PBS in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lee Ransaw was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April, 19, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lee Ransaw describes his father's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lee Ransaw remembers his stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lee Ransaw describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lee Ransaw remembers moving to Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lee Ransaw talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lee Ransaw describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lee Ransaw remembers living with his maternal relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lee Ransaw recalls attending East Pulaski School in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lee Ransaw talks about his early interest in art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lee Ransaw describes his earliest memories of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Lee Ransaw describes his neighborhood in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Lee Ransaw talks about housing segregation in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lee Ransaw recalls attending George Washington Carver Elementary School 87 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lee Ransaw remembers his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lee Ransaw recalls attending Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lee Ransaw talks about his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lee Ransaw recalls attending University United Methodist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lee Ransaw describes his neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lee Ransaw recalls his teachers and classmates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lee Ransaw describes race relations in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lee Ransaw talks about African American representation in the media
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lee Ransaw recalls his decision to attend John Herron Art Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lee Ransaw describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lee Ransaw recalls transferring to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lee Ransaw describes race relations at Indiana University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lee Ransaw remembers his professors at Indiana University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lee Ransaw describes his art education at Indiana University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lee Ransaw recalls his experiences at Indiana University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lee Ransaw remembers his appointment to cryptologic linguist in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lee Ransaw recalls being stationed with the U.S. Army in Venice, Italy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lee Ransaw describes his role as a cryptologic linguist in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lee Ransaw recalls his first teaching job
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lee Ransaw remembers the deaths of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lee Ransaw describes his dissertation on the Wall of Respect
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lee Ransaw recalls his introduction to African American art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lee Ransaw describes his early knowledge of the black aesthetic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lee Ransaw talks about his dissertation committee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lee Ransaw talks about his dissertation committee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lee Ransaw describes his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lee Ransaw recalls being hired at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lee Ransaw recalls becoming department chair at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lee Ransaw remembers receiving a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lee Ransaw recalls starting his art collection
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lee Ransaw describes living and working in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lee Ransaw talks about some of his art exhibits
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lee Ransaw describes his improvements to the art department at Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lee Ransaw recalls painting murals for Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lee Ransaw describes his artwork, 'Dance of the Chicken Thieves'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lee Ransaw recalls receiving a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lee Ransaw describes Atlanta's artistic renaissance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Lee Ransaw talks about strategy behind collecting art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Lee Ransaw recalls the founding of the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Lee Ransaw describes his work at Morris Brown College in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lee Ransaw talks about organizing an exhibit for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lee Ransaw recalls founding the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lee Ransaw reflects upon his accomplishments and fellowships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lee Ransaw recalls helping Dan Moore, Sr. to establish the APEX Museum in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lee Ransaw remembers painter Benny Andrews
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lee Ransaw describes the exhibit 'Coming by Force: Overcoming by Choice'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lee Ransaw talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lee Ransaw describes his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lee Ransaw shares a message for future generations of artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Lee Ransaw reflects upon his legacy