Louis Delsarte III (b. 1944), a native of New York City having resided in Atlanta, Georgia for over
25 years is a muralist, printmaker, teacher and poet. His parents and grandparents were
intricately involved in African American culture during the Harlem Renaissance Period in
New York City. They were educators and community activists who gave tirelessly to the
positive development of young people in their community. Louis Delsarte II developed the
St. John’s Day camp for young people and was a mentor to Earl Graves, Publisher of Black
Enterprise magazine and others who went on to become successful members of American
society and great contributors to world culture today. His grandfather, Louis Delsarte I, was
one of Brooklyn’s first black dentists, who spent much of his time providing free dental
services to the poor and work tirelessly to help anyone in need. That spirit of giving has
continued with Louis Delsarte III, who has utilized his art as a medium for positive social
change in communities that he inhabits, as well as those that may be close to his heart. The
list of organizations who have benefited from his creative energy includes the International
Monetary Fund, International Rescue Committee, Jack & Jill of America, The Atlanta
University Centers, The Robert W. Woodruff Library at AUC, Habitat for Humanity,
Atlanta Youth Academy, The Horizon School, The Atlanta School, National Coalition of 100
Black Women’s Community Initiatives, Women of Hope, National Urban League, Thurgood
Marshall Education Fund, Atlanta Girls School, The Links, Inc., Faculty Resource Network
at New York University, the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art,
Morehouse College, Spelman College, Morris Brown College, WCLK 91.9FM,
UNCF, MOCAGA and The Arts Exchange among others.
Delsarte’s has worked with a number of community-based projects and murals including
Dance for Education, a mural created for Morris Brown College in 1992, the Horizons
School Project in 2007, The community paint-in for the Martin Luther King Jr Mural in
2009 in conjunction with the Dreams, Visions and Change mural installed in 2010.
As a printmaker, Delsarte has worked with Master Printmaker Bob Blackburn, Lou Stovall
in Washington, D.C., Curlee Holton at the Experimental Workshop, Bob Franklin and Allen
Edmunds at the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. Delsarte also utilizes his resources
by awarding printmaking fellowships to artists, who work with him in Delsarte Printmaking
Studio. Invited artists include Nelson Stevens, Brian Owens, Napoleon Henderson, B.
Kendall, Jennifer Mack, Lionel Lofton and others.
Delsarte’s work is in numerous private and public collections including the Harvard
University Museum of Art, the Hammonds House Museum, National Gallery of Art,
Bermuda, WI, Georgia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, David Driskell Center
at the University of Maryland, College Park, the High Museum of Art, the Munson Proctor
Museum of Art in Utica, NY among others.
Delsarte’s service awards include the O.T. Hammonds Phantom of the Art World Award for
20 years of service to the arts community in 2008 and the National Coalition of 100 Black
Women Inc.’s Community Service Award for outstanding contributions in art and
philanthropy. In 2014, Delsarte was honored at the Harlem Fine Arts Show during the
National Black Arts Festival. In 2015, he was honored by Black Art in America with the
Royal Vanguard Artists of Distinction for 50 years of artistic creativity.
For over 50 years, Delsarte has utilized his art and his influence to affect positive change
in communities, especially through the projects that he has selected in public art
commissions. His public projects include his mural Transitions, commissioned by the
Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1999; Spirit of Harlem in 2005, located at 125 th Street in
Harlem; Fourth Ward Murals in Atlanta, New Hope Visions in 2005, at the Southwest Arts
Center and in 2010, Dreams, Visions and Change, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Mural in Peace Plaza at the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social and Non-
Violent change. In 2017, Delsarte was commissioned by the Southern Education Foundation
to celebrate its 150th year anniversary with the mural, “A Southern Education”. These murals
project Delsarte’s ideals of peace, love, and community and continues his one-man journey
to creative excellence for the benefit of others.