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Earl Hooks

Biography to Display: 

1927,  Born Baltimore, Maryland

2005,  Died Manassas, Virginia



1949 BA Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia

1949-1951 Catholic University, Washington, District of Columbia

1955 MA Ceramics, School of American Craftsman, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York



1953-1954 Instructor, Ceramics and Drawing, Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina

1954-1961 Indiana University, Northwest Campus, Gary, Indiana

1955 - 1957 Operated, Studio A Gallery, Gary, Indiana

1959 – 1968 Instructor, Art Consultant, Gary Public Schools, Gary, Indiana.

1968 - Professor, Chair of Art Department, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee



Earl Hooks is known for functional pottery and monochromatic sculptures using earthenware, stoneware, marble and other non-ceramic materials. Hooks was also a painter, printmaker, and art educator.

Hooks is the recipient of many prizes, awards, and recognitions, and a participant in major exhibitions including the 1966 24th Ceramic National Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York. In 1976-1977, he exhibited in Two Centuries of Black American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California. In 1977, Hooks exhibited at the Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1977 his piece, The Eyes Have It, was given by the governor of Tennessee to the president of the United Republic of Tanzania.

A catalogue from an exhibition of his work at Fisk University in 1966 can be accessed here: In 1977






Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

DePauw University, Green Castle, Indiana

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware



Typical Marks
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved
Courtesy Toomey & Co, Lot 624, December 2, 2018
Courtesy Toomey & Co, Lot 624, December 2, 2018

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 23, 2023.