biography of Avel C. DEKNIGHT (1923-1995)

Birth place: NYC

Addresses: NYC

Profession: Painter

Studied: Ecole Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; Acad Grande Chaumiere, Paris; Acad Julian, Paris.

Exhibited: Am Acad Arts & Lett, 1960 & 1970 (Childe Hassam Purchase Awards); Audubon Artists Soc., 1961 (Karpick Memorial Prize), 1964 (Grumbacher Award); Am Watercolor Soc., 1967 ( gold medal grand award); American WC Soc., 1967; Larcada Gallery, NYC, 1968; American Greetings Gallery, 1968; Butler Inst.; PAFA; Banfer Gallery, NYC; The Contemporaries Gallery, NYC; Roko Gallery, NYC; Minneapolis Inst. of Arts; High Mus., Atlanta, GA, 1969; Flint MI, Inst. of Art, 1969; Everson Mus., 1969; IBM Gallery of Arts & Sciences, 1969; RISD, 1969; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, 1969; SFMA, 1969; NY State Mus., 1970; Afro-American Artists, BMFA, 1970; Contemporary Arts Mus., Houston, 1970; Roberson Center for the Arts & Sciences, 1970; UC, Santa Barbara, 1970; WMAA, 1971; Black American Artists, Ill Arts Coun, 1971; Projected Art/Artists at Work, Finch Col Mus, New York, 1971; Univ. of Iowa, 1971-72; NAD, 1958 & 1967 (Wm. A. Paton Prizes), 1958, 1964 & 1966 (Ranger Fund Purchase Prizes), 1958 (Palmer Memorial Prize),1963 (Samuel Morse Medal),1972; MOMA,1972; Babcock Galleries, New York, NY, 1970s. Award: Cultural Exchange Grant, NY & the USSR, 1961.

Member: Academician Nat Acad Design; Am Watercolor Soc.

Work: MMA; Walker Art Inst, Minneapolis, Minn; Norfolk Mus Arts & Sci, Va; Springfield Art Mus, Mo; Massillon Art Mus, Ohio; Miles College, Birmingham, AL.

Comments: Preferred media: gouache, oils. Positions: art critic, France-Amerique, 1958-1968. Teaching: instr painting, Brooklyn Mus Art Sch, 1969.

Sources: WW73; Cederholm, Afro-American Artists.