Ralph E. Carpenter

Ralph E. Carpenter was a self-taught connoisseur of Colonial furniture and decorative art whose passion for Newport, Rhode Island inspired him to restore many of its most important 18th-century landmarks, including the White Horse Tavern (originally built as a home in 1673), Trinity Church (1726), the Brick Market (1762), and the Redwood Library & Athenaeum (1748-50), the oldest lending library in the US.

J. Max Bond Jr.

J. Max Bond Jr. was the most influential black architect in New York and one of a few black architects of national prominence. Bond was the partner in the firm Davis Brody Bond Aedas in charge of the museum portion of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. His family included prominent 20th-century educator Horace Mann Bond and civil-rights leader Julian Bond.

Ibrahim Hussein

Ibrahim Hussein was an award-winning Malaysian artist whose abstract works with a political edge were admired by royalty at home and collectors abroad. Hussein blended printing with collage for his work, which incorporated political and social themes that ranged from race relations in Malaysia to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ernest Trova

Ernest Trova was an acclaimed St. Louis artist best known for his "Falling Man" series of works about man at his most imperfect.

Ezio Flagello

Ezio Flagello’s rich voice and wide range who sang 528 performances at the Metropolitan Opera as part of an international career. A son of Italian immigrants in New York, Flagello also sang at major opera houses like La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera.

Marina Svetlova

Marina Svetlova was a ballerina who played an important role in American dance education after a performing career in international ballet ('30s-'60s). A soloist with the Original Ballet Russe and a ballerina with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Svetlova later earned a reputation as a major teacher, a professor of ballet and chairwoman of the ballet department at Indiana University (1969-92).

Robert Delford Brown Jr

Robert Delford Brown Jr. was a painter, sculptor, performance artist, and philosopher whose provocative works challenged both the art world and the world at large. Brown, who had undergone hip surgery and walked with a cane, was known to have been scouting locations for an art project involving several rafts when he went missing on Marhc 20 of 2009. He was found dead four days later in the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he had moved a few years ago. His death was ruled an accidental drowning.

David W. Scott

David W. Scott was an artist and art historian, a founding director of the National Museum of American Art who played a key role in expanding the National Gallery of Art and led the Corcoran Gallery of Art through a difficult time in 1990 after its controversial exhibit of homoerotic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe was canceled.

Honoré Sharrer

Honoré Sharrer was an American artist of the ‘40s and later whose paintings portrayed the daily lives of ordinary working people. In a time of Abstract Expressionism, Sharrer stood by figurative art as a vehicle for social criticism. Her masterpiece is Tribute to the American Working People (1951), a polyptych that resembles a medieval or Renaissance altarpiece.

Susan Peterson

Susan Peterson ceramics artist, educator, and writer who brought the lives and techniques of Native American women potters of the Southwest to a broader American audience. As head of the ceramics department at USC starting in the ‘50s, Peterson led summer sessions at the university-sponsored Idyllwild School of Music & the Arts in the San Jacinto Mountains. In the early ‘70s, she won a federal grant to bring influential Native American potters from Arizona and New Mexico to Idyllwild to demonstrate their craft. She also wrote several books on Native American artists and their work.

Sverre Fehn

Sverre Fehn was a Norwegian architect whose style of blending modern forms with Scandinavian traditions won him the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Most of Fehn's works are in Norway, including the white concrete Glacier Museum hailed as a landmark in contemporary architecture. Completed in 1991, it stands on a plain carved by Norway's Jostedal Glacier at Fjaerland Fjord.

Schuyler Chapin

Schuyler Chapin was a blue-blood impresario who held a string of jobs in the arts—including general manager of the Metropolitan Opera (1972-75), dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University (1976-87), and cultural affairs commissioner of New York (1994-2001)—even though he never attended college.

Ray Yoshida

Ray Yoshida’s comical, semiabstract paintings and collages and 40 years of teaching at the Art Institute of Chicago influenced generations of prominent artists. Yoshida was among the most admired contributors to a tradition known as Chicago Imagism and sometimes as the Chicago School.

Howard Kanovitz

Howard Kanovitz was pioneer of the Photo Realism style of painting that emerged in the '60s as a reaction against abstraction in general and Abstract Expressionism in particular

Kenneth Paul Block

Kenneth Paul Block was a fashion illustrator whose artful strokes captured the elegance of high-couture women of the ‘50s, then the fluid look of later decades. For nearly 40 years, starting in the mid-‘50s, Block was an illustrator for Women’s Wear Daily and later for W magazine as well, both published by Fairchild Publications.

Ekaterina Maximova

Ekaterina Maximova was a Russian ballerina whose dancing career at the Bolshoi spanned 30 years, from her debut as Masha in The Nutcracker in 1958 until ’88.