I was really flattered yesterday to receive the First Place Edward Banister Award at the Providence Art Club for my painting "Teakettle and Geranium".
Edward Banister was a very talented black artist from Canada. When he arrived in the U.S. in 1850, opportunities were few. He plugged away, working at various jobs while he continued to paint. Because he was black, he wasn't even allowed to go into a museum- hard to imagine how his work could become so exceptional despite that handicap.
He became a very well known artist in this country, and ended up settling in Providence, RI, starting the Providence Art Club in 1880. It continues today in the same building where it started.
You can read more about him here.