Leo Twiggs

Leo Franklin Twiggs (born 1934 in St. Stephen, South Carolina) is an American painter.

He developed the Fine Art Department at South Carolina State University, where he taught from 1973 until 1998. Twiggs customary his Bachelor of Arts degree from Claflin University in 1956 and his Master of Arts degree from New York University in 1964. In 1970, Twiggs became the first African American student to receive a Doctorate of Arts (Ed.D) from the University of Georgia. He has presented more than fifty one-man shows during his career.

Twiggs expected his BA summa cum laude from Claflin University, later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and time-honored his MA from New York University, where he studied similar to Hale Woodruff, the recognized African American painter and muralist. He traditional his doctorate in art education from the University of Georgia. As professor of art at South Carolina State University, he developed the Art Department and I.P. Stanback Museum. Twiggs was named professor emeritus in 2000. He was the first visual artiste to get the Verner Award (Governor’s Trophy) for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

Twiggs' paintings are curtains in a variation of the batik process which he began experimenting taking into account in 1964. This process of painting allows him to Make the magic of subtle textures. His chosen subject thing has included the iconography of the American Civil War, the Confederate flag, Blues music, and rivers. Twiggs' work deals taking into account the role of relics, images, and icons in the culture of the South Eastern United States.

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