John Biggers, 1924-2001     
An American Artist

  “In 1950 John won a contest at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for his drawing, The Cradle. The museum, which permitted blacks only on Thursdays, did not allow Biggers to be present at a reception in his honor. Biggers won the Neiman Marcus Company Prize at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1952 for his drawing, Sleeping Boy. The reception scheduled for him was mysteriously canceled; instead a representative of the museum handed Biggers his prize check when he arrived.

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Essie Green Galleries, Harlem

The  Cleveland Museum of Art

Harvard Art Museums, Boston

Laurel Rogers Museum of Art, Mississippi

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Dallas Museum  of Art

Texas Southern University

The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art