Humbert Howard (1905-1990)
Humbert Howard was born in Philadelphia in 1915. He began his studies at Howard University and transferred his senior year to the University of Pennsylvania. He later studied at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, and at the International Academy of Arts and Letters in Rome, where he was awarded an honorary degree.
In 1940, Howard became Director of the Pyramid Club, a prominent African-American cultural center in Philadelphia. He was also a member of: the Artists Equity Association, the Peale Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Fine Arts. He also taught painting at the Allen’s Lane Art Center in Philadelphia.
The artist’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and Howard University.