Dr. Margaret Burroughs exhibition at Parish Gallery in Washington

Dr. Margaret Burroughs

Dr. Margaret Burroughs’ exceptional skill as a printmaker has earned her a place within the history of art.

ON FRIDAY, February 19, Parish Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. held its opening reception for well-known artist Margaret Taylor Burroughs. It was one of several galleries that held openings or were open that night as part of the “Georgetown Gaze.” Dr. Burroughs, who is a prominent African American cultural figure: a visual artist, poet, educator, arts organizer, community activist, and institution builder, was born in Saint Rose, Louisiana, in 1917, and later moved to Chicago, where she received a B.A. in art education in 1946 and an M.A. in 1948 at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Gallery owner Norman Parish and glass artist John Henderson

Gallery owner Norman Parish and glass artist John Henderson

IN 1961, Burroughs and her husband, Charles, made the first of her contributions to African American posterity in the founding of the DuSable Museum of African American History, opening the museum in their Chicago home. The museum later moved into its own buildings in Washington Park and has become an internationally recognized resource for African American art.

Sue Hamilton and Al Slaughter

Sue Hamilton and Al Slaughter

DR. BURROUGHS IS an exceptional printmaker and her skills have earned her a place within the history of art, even though she has also worked in sculpture, painting and many other art forms throughout her career. She has also illustrated children’s books, published poems, and exhibited her own artwork internationally. In particular, she has felt a special affinity to the Mexican muralists and both studied and collaborated with artists in Mexico. Her work has been shown at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Studio Museum in New York.

THE EXHIBITION at Parish Gallery will run through February 27. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m; other hours by appointment. Tel. 202-944-2310, www.parishgallery.com.

Juanita and Mel Hardy

Juanita and Mel Hardy of Millennium Arts Salon

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