Few people can rival the myraid achievements accomplished by Arthur 'Art' Bacon. He is truly an unsung artist, activist, scientist, historian and scholar. He was born in West Palm Beach, but lived in several places in and out of the state Florida. Recognized early, his talent for art won him many prizes and awards--long before he graduated from high school.
That September following high school, Bacon went to Talladega College and majored in biology. However, art became a strongly competing involvement. Although a science major, Bacon enhanced his artistic skills by enrolling in art courses as electives—they were taught by David Driskell. One year, he earned the College’s Armstrong Award for Creative Ability. During his senior year Bacon was severely beaten for sitting in the “wrong” waiting room—which only increased his determination to succeed at both art and science. In graduate school, at Howard University, Bacon's involvement in his passion was limited to illustrations for scientific papers--he had little time for other things. He received the M.S. and Ph.D., in 1963 and 1967, respectively. He is credited with discovering a new species of protozoa. More
(Top) Harriett Tubman, 2013, Conte 30X30
(Bottom) John Lee Hooker, 2013, Conte 8X12)
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Art & Hale Woodruff in 1974