Louis Delsarte

    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.


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