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Edmonia Lewis
"Wildfire"
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Born
Mary Edmonia Lewis

July 4, 1844
Town of Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York, US
Died September 17, 1907(1907-09-17) (aged 63)
London, UK
Nationality American
Education New-York Central College, Oberlin
Known for Sculpture
Movement Late Neoclassicism
Patron(s) Numerous patrons, American and European

Mary Edmonia Lewis, "Wildfire" (c. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907), was an American sculptor, of mixed African American and Native American (Ojibwe) heritage. Born free in Upstate New York, she worked for most of her career in Rome, Italy. She was the first African-American sculptor to achieve national and then international prominence. She began to gain prominence in the United States during the Civil War; at the end of the 19th century, she remained the only Black woman artist who had participated in and been recognized to any extent by the American artistic mainstream. In 2002, the scholar Molefi Kete Asante named Edmonia Lewis on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to Black people and indigenous peoples of the Americas into Neoclassical-style sculpture.

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