From the book,  American Negro Art , Cedric Dover, plate 78

From the book, American Negro Art, Cedric Dover, plate 78

Joseph Kersey (1909-1983)

Bronzeville artist known mainly for sculpture.  Joseph Kersey was a member of George Neal's Art Crafts Guild and a founding member of the South Side Community Art Center.  His work was featured at the informal opening of the art center gallery.  Kersey also received an Honorable Mention for his sculpture entitled “Anna” at the American Negro Exposition in 1940.


Chicago Artists Group,1938

Federal Arts Project, 1939

American Negro Exposition, 1940

Library of Congress, 1940

South Side Community Art Center, 1940,1941

Howard University, 1941

McMillen Inc. Galleries, 1941

Atlanta University, 1942

Art Institute of Chicago, 1942, 2003

Downtown Art Gallery, 1941

Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC; Reflections: The Afro-American Artist: An Exhibit of Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphics, 1972

Studio Museum in Harlem, 1977

Chicago Public Library, WPA and the Black Artist:Chicago and New York, 1978

Illinois State Museum, The Flowering: African-American Artists and Friends in 1940s Chicago: A Look at the South Side Community Art Center, 1993