Freedom Now
Freedom Now, 1965

This image appears in African American Art, plate 85.

Reginald Gammon
painter, printmaker, educator

Gammon was born March 31, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and the Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University. From 1954 to 1964, he workded for the advertising firm, Lifton, Gold and Asher, and from 1967 to 1969, he served as the artist-in-residence for the New York City Board of Education. In 1983, Gammon became a humanities and art professor at Western Michigan University in Kala mazoo.

Gammon was a founding member of Spiral, an artist collective that joined in 1963 to discuss the contributions African American visual artists could make to the civil rights movement. Freedom Now was Gammon's contribution to Spiral sole group exhibition, "Black and White" in 1965.

Following Spiral's disbandment after "Black and White," Gammon joined the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC) in 1969 to protest the exclusion and depreciative treatment of African American visual art in mainstream institutions like the Whitney Museum of Modern Art.

Spiral, "Black and White," 1965
American Greetings Galleries, New York, 1968
Brooklyn College, 1968
Boston Museum of Fine Art, 1970
Harlem Cultural Council, New York, 1970
Smith-Mason Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1971