Charles L. Sallee, Jr.

(Oberlin, Ohio, 1911 - 2006)


The artist was a participant in the regional Works Project Administration/Federal Art Project based in Cleveland. Charles L. Sallee, Jr., painter and graphic artist, studied at the Western Reserve University, John Huntington Polytechnic Institute, and the Cleveland Museum School of Art. From 1936 to 1937 he participated in the FAP in Cleveland where he presently resides and works. Sallee has taught at the Playhouse Settlement, Karamu Settlement House, and at Kennard Junior High School in Cleveland. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Cleveland Museum of Art; Howard University, Washington,: D.C.; and the Sunny Acres Hospital in Cleveland. He was an artist from high school days, was an apprentice to his father who was an ornamental plasterer, and had many assignments during the WPA period when he was a vigorous painter and printmaker at the Karamu WPA Printmaking Project. Among his works were the interior design commissions at the Cleveland Stadium and the Grand Ballroom at the Stouffer's Inn on the Square (now Renaissance Cleveland Hotel).

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