- Visual Art
Wilmer Jennings studied under famed African American artist Hale Woodruff while earning a degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He then came to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1933 to study as a jewelry designer, painter, and printmaker. In the mid 1930’s, he worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Atlanta and Providence simultaneously where he became most famous for his black and white wood engravings and varied printmaking techniques. Jewelry design became his focus in the mid 1940’s and Jennings settled into a long career as a designer in the Rhode Island jewelry industry.
– written by Keila Davis
Image Source (Top): - Still Life, 1939 Wood engraving on paper - 1939