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Tue, 09.08.2009

Allan Crite, Artist born

*Allan Rohan Crite was born on this date in 1910. He was a Black 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 wrote 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.

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