Allan Crite, an innovative painter


Allan Rohan Crite
Date: 
Sun, 1910-03-20

*Allan Rohan Crite was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American painter.

From Plainfield, New Jersey, he moved to Boston as a child where he spent most of his life. Crite was one of the few African American artists to work for the Federal Arts Project (FAP). During the 1930s, he studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Harvard University Extension School. In his later years, as a devout Episcopalian, Crite focused on religious themes, completing murals and other paintings for many churches.

He has written and illustrated several books, including Three Spirituals from Earth to Heaven 1948. His major exhibitions include 1920’s Harmon Foundation Exhibitions, 1930s Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1936 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1939 Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1978 and The Boston Athenaeum, 1997. Allan Crite died in September, 2007.

Reference:
A History of African-American Artist from 1792 to present
by Romare Bearden & Harry Henderson
Copyright 1993 by Romare Bearden & Harry Henderson
Pantheon Books, NY
ISBN 0-394-57016-2

Who Was Who in American Art,
Peter Hastings Falk (Editor),
Sound View Press 3 Volumes, 1999.

Allan Rohan Crite: Artist Reporter of the African American Community,
by Richard V. West
University of Washington Press,
Sept. 2001

Massachusetts Cultural Council

To be an Artist

Person / name: 

Crite, Allan