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Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 30, 1933 - Sam Gilliam

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Sam Gilliam (born November 30, 1933) is a Color Field Painter and Lyrical Abstractionist artist. Gilliam, an African American, is associated with the Washington Color School and is broadly considered a Color field painter. His works have also been described as belonging to Abstract Expressionism and Lyrical Abstraction. He works on stretched, draped, and wrapped canvas, and adds sculptural 3D elements. He is recognized as the first artist to introduce the idea of a painted canvas hanging without stretcher bars c.1965, a major contribution to the Color Field School.[1]
Lately, he has worked with polypropylene, computer generated imaging, metallic and iridescent acrylics, handmade paper, aluminum, steel, plywood and plastic.

Sam Gilliam was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and was the seventh of eight children born to Sam and Estery Gilliam. The Gilliams moved to Louisville, Kentucky shortly after Sam was born. His father worked on the railroad, and his mother cared for the large family. Gilliam began painting in elementary school and received much encouragement from teachers. In 1951, Gilliam graduated from Central High School in Louisville. Gilliam served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. He received his bachelor's and master's degree of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville. In 1955, Gilliam had his first solo exhibition at the University of Louisville. He initially taught art for a year in the Louisville public schools. In 1962, he married Dorothy Butler, a Louisville native and a well-known journalist. That same year, Gilliam moved to Washington, D.C., where he has lived ever since.

Career in the 1960s, early 1970s
In the 1960s, as the political and social front of America began to explode in all directions, the black artist began to take bold declarative initiatives, making definitive imagery, inspired by the specific conditions of the African American experience. Abstraction remained a critical issue for artists like Sam Gilliam. Gilliam's sense of color is modulated by his study of light, color, and its transformative and changing dynamics. He is most widely known for the large color-stained canvases he draped and suspended from the walls and ceilings during the late 1960s and early 1970s. "The background for Gilliam's art was the 1950s, which witnessed the emergence of abstract expressionism and the New York School followed by Color Field painting." Gilliam's early style developed from brooding figural abstractions into large paintings of flatly applied color pushed Gilliam to eventually remove the easel aspect of painting by eliminating the stretcher.

Gilliam was influenced by German Expressionists such as Emil Nolde, Paul Klee and the American Bay Area Figurative School artist Nathan Oliveira. He states that he found lots of clues on how to go about his work from Tatlin, Frank Stella, Hans Hofmann, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cézanne. In 1963, Thomas Downing, an artist who identified himself with the Washington Color School, introduced Gilliam to this new school of thought. Around 1965 Gilliam became the first painter to introduce the idea of the unsupported canvas. He was inspired to do this by observing laundry hanging outside his Washington studio. His drape paintings were suspended from ceilings, arranged on walls or floors, and they represent a sculptural, third dimension in painting. Gilliam states that his paintings are based on the fact that the framework of the painting is in real space. He is attracted to its power and the way it functions. Gilliam's draped canvases change in each environment they are arranged in and frequently he embellishes the works with metal, rocks, and wooden beams.

Career in the 1970s and 1980s
In 1975, Gilliam veered away from the draped canvases and became influenced by jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He started producing dynamic geometric collages, which he called "Black Paintings" due to the hue. Again, in the 1980s Gilliam's style changed dramatically to quilted paintings reminiscent of African patchwork quilts from his childhood. His most recent works are textured paintings that incorporate metal forms. Gilliam's ability to move beyond the draped canvas, coupled with his ability to adopt new series keeps the viewers interested and engaged. This has assured his prominence in the art world as an exciting and innovative contemporary painter.

Gilliam is also one of the few successful, self-supporting African American artists who views the teaching of art as a mission. His love of teaching developed during the one year he spent in Louisville public schools. He taught for nearly a decade in the Washington public schools, and then at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Maryland, and for several years at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition, Gilliam still devotes time to conducting workshops, participating in panels, and delivering lectures in this country and abroad.

Selected museum collections
  • Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
  • Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
These are direct quotes from the artist help describe him and/or his work; "I am a better artist today in that I am obviously a better teacher. Whether I am teaching or making art, the process is fundamentally the same: I am creating." "Only when making the work can I determine the many languages that form the planes on which it is to exist. Like abstract phrases the many intentions of the work (before an audience) passes through an intuitive sieve… The work was not planned, there are ploys, however, to the way it was laid out and then put together." 1996 –Sam Gilliam.

Gilliam received his B.A. in fine art and his M.A. in painting from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He has taught at the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Carnegie Mellon University.

He has had many commissions, grants, awards, exhibitions and honorary doctorates. A major retrospective of Gilliam's work was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2005. He was named the 2006 University of Louisville Alumnus of the Year.

In 1987 he was selected by the Smithsonian Art Collectors Program to produce a print to celebrate the opening of the S. Dylan Ripley Center in the National Mall. He donated his talent to produce In Celebration, a 35-color limited-edition serigraph that highlighted his trademark use of color, and the sale of which benefitted the Smithsonian Associates, the continuing education branch of the larger Smithsonian Institution.[2] In early 2009, he again donated his talents to the Smithsonian Associates to produce a 90-color serigraph entitled Museum Moment, which he describes as "a celebration of art" [3]

In May 2011, his work From a Model to a Rainbow was installed in the Metro Underpass at 4th and Cedar, NW.

He lives in Washington D.C. and has a studio on 14th Street, NW, just north of Colorado Avenue.

1.    "Colorscope: Abstract Painting 1960-1979". Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 

2.    "In Celebration, 1987 by Sam Gilliam". The Smithsonian Associates. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 

3.    "Museum Moment, 2009 by Sam Gilliam". The Smithsonian Associates. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 

  • Sam Gilliam: a retrospective, October 15, 2005 to January 22, 2006, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Binstock, Jonathan P., and Sam Gilliam. 2005. Sam Gilliam: a retrospective. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Works by Sam Gilliam National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Sam Gilliam papers, 1958-1989, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • AskArt lists 52 references to Sam Gilliam
  • Washington Art, catalog of exhibitions at State University College at Potsdam, NY & State University of New York at Albany, 1971, Introduction by Renato G. Danese, printed by Regal Art Press, Troy NY.

External links
  • Gilliam's Newest Work Inspires Dickstein Shapiro, Washingtonian Magazine

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Sam Gilliam : a retrospective / Jonathan P. Binstock ; forewords by Walter Hopps and Jacquelyn D. Serwer.
ND237.G45 A4 2005, Fine Arts Library

Sam Gilliam : [exhibition] March 24 - May 22, 1983 / John Beardsley.
ND237.G5 A4 1983, Fine Arts Library

Contemporary visual expressions : the art of Sam Gilliam, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Keith Morrison, William T. Williams.
SI 1.2:C 76/3, Young Library - U.S. Government Publications (5th floor)

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 30, 1978 - Robert Kirkman

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Robert Kirkman (born November 30, 1978)[2] is an American comic book writer best known for creating The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics, in addition to Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt.[3] He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of its co-founders.[4]

Robert Kirkman was born on November 30, 1978 in Richmond, Kentucky.[2]

Robert Kirkman's first comic book work was the 2000 superhero parody Battle Pope,[3] which he co-created with artist Tony Moore, and self-published under the Funk-O-Tron label. Later, while pitching a new series, Science Dog, Kirkman and artist Cory Walker were hired to do a SuperPatriot miniseries for Image Comics. While working on that book, Kirkman and E. J. Su created the 2002 Image series Tech Jacket, which ran six issues.

In 2003, Kirkman and Walker created Invincible for Image's new superhero line. The story surrounded the adolescent son of the world's most powerful superhero, who develops powers and starts his own superhero career. Walker later failed to meet the monthly title's deadlines and was replaced by Ryan Ottley.[5] In 2005, Paramount Pictures announced it had bought the rights to produce an Invincible feature film, and hired Kirkman to write the screenplay.[6]

Shortly after the launch of Invincible, Kirkman began The Walking Dead (2003). Kirkman said in 2012 that Image had balked at publishing a comics series featuring what it felt was simply another zombie story, prompting him to say the zombies were part of an alien plot — a notion he had no intention of using except as a mean of selling the project.[7] Artist Charlie Adlard replaced Tony Moore with issue #7.[8] Moore continued to draw covers until issue 24 as well as the first four volumes of the trade paperbacks for the series.

Kirkman was first hired by Marvel Comics to pen a revival of the 1990s Sleepwalker series,[9] but it was canceled before being published; the contents of its first issue were included in Epic Anthology No. 1 (2004). He soon became a mainstay at Marvel, writing the "Avengers Disassembled" issues of Captain America vol. 4, 2004's Marvel Knights 2099 one-shots event, Jubilee #1–6 and Fantastic Four: Foes #1–6, a two-year run on Ultimate X-Men and the entire Marvel Team-Up vol. 3 and the Irredeemable Ant-Man miniseries.

At Image, Kirkman and artist Jason Howard created the ongoing series The Astounding Wolf-Man, launching it on May 5, 2007, as part of Free Comic Book Day. Kirkman edited the monthly series Brit, based on the character he created for the series of one-shots, illustrated by Moore and Cliff Rathburn. It ran 12 issues. Kirkman also co-produced the spin-off to The Walking Dead, the series code-named "Cobalt".[10]

Kirkman announced in 2007 that he and artist Rob Liefeld would team on a revival of Killraven for Marvel Comics.[11] Kirkman that year also said he and Todd McFarlane would collaborate on Haunt for Image Comics.[12]

In late July 2008, Kirkman was made a partner at Image Comics, thereby ending his freelance association with Marvel.[13][14] Nonetheless, later in 2009, he and Walker produced the five-issue miniseries The Destroyer vol. 4[15] for Marvel's MAX imprint.

In 2009, Kirkman and Marc Silvestri took over the 2009–2010 Pilot Season for Top Cow Comics. The 2009/2010 Pilot Season contains a series of five one-shot pilot comics that readers will be able to vote on which becomes an ongoing series. Each series is co-created by Silvestri who also provides cover art.[16]

In 2010, he also began producing the television adaption of his comic book series The Walking Dead,[17] the pilot of which was directed by Frank Darabont.[18] Kirkman has written or co-written six episodes of the series.

In July 2010, Kirkman announced he would launch and run a new Image Comics imprint called Skybound Entertainment.[19]

On February 9, 2012, Tony Moore filed a lawsuit alleging that Kirkman, in 2005, had deceitfully engineered him into surrendering his rights to The Walking Dead comic book and eventual TV series in exchange for payments that never materialized. Kirkman said in a statement the following day that he and Moore "each had legal representation seven years ago and now he is violating the same contract he initiated and approved and he wants to misrepresent the fees he was paid and continues to be paid for the work he was hired to do."[20] Kirkman in turn sued Moore. On September 24, 2012, the two released a joint statement saying they had reached a settlement "to everyone's mutual satisfaction."[21]

Kirkman made an appearance in a 2012 episode of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken as himself when he tried to tell The Nerd and Daniel a hint, but got eaten by the zombies.

In November 2013, Cinemax purchased a TV pilot based on Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta's then-upcoming six-issue exorcism comics miniseries, Outcast.[22] The first issue of the comic was released in June 2014 to positive reviews.[23]

Kirkman is executive producing his first film, the science fiction thriller AIR, starring The Walking Dead‍ '​s Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou, to be released in early 2015. It is
the first feature film to be produced by Skybound Entertainment.[24][25]

Personal life
Kirkman and his wife live in Kentucky
.[26][27] He named his son Peter Parker Kirkman after Spider-Man's civilian identity, Peter Parker.[28][29]

  • Battle Pope
    • Battle Pope (2000) #1–4
    • Battle Pope: Shorts (2001) #1-3
    • Battle Pope: Mayhem (2001) #1, 2
    • Battle Pope: Christmas Pope-Tacular (2001) #1
    • Battle Pope: Wrath Of God (2002) #1-3
    • The above were done in collaboration with Tony Moore, Matt Roberts, Jonboy Meyers, Cory Walker and E. J. Su, (2000–2002)
  • Battle Pope Presents: Saint Michael #1–3 (with Terry Stevens, 2001)

Image Comics
  • SuperPatriot:
    • SuperPatriot: America's Fighting Force #1–4 (with Cory Walker, 2002)
    • SuperPatriot: War on Terror #1–4 (with E. J. Su, 2004–2007)
  • Tech Jacket #1–6 (with E. J. Su, 2002–2003)
  • Invincible #1-ongoing (with Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, 2003–...)
  • Masters of the Universe Icons of Evil - Beast Man #1
  • Capes #1–3 (with Mark Englert, 2003)
  • The Walking Dead #1-ongoing (with Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, 2003–...)
  • Noble Causes #2: "Rite of Passage" (with Cory Walker, 2004)
  • Youngblood: Imperial (with Marat Mychaels, Arcade, one-shot, 2004)
  • Savage Dragon: God War #1–4 (with Mark Englert, 2004–2005)
  • Four Letter Worlds: "Blam" (with Matt Roberts, graphic novel, tpb, 144 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-58240-439-9)
  • Image Holiday Special '05: "The Walking Dead" (with Charlie Adlard, one-shot, 2005)
  • Suprema: Supreme Sacrifice (with Jon Malin, Arcade, one-shot, 2006)
  • The Astounding Wolf-Man #1-25 (with Jason Howard, 2007–2010)
  • Image United #1-3
  • Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark: "The Origin of the Bear, and the Origin of the Shark" (with Jason Howard and Ryan Ottley, 2010)
  • Guardians of the Globe #1–6 (with Benito J. Cereno III, Ransom Getty and Kris Anka, 2010–2011)
  • Spawn #200: "Prologue" (script and art, 2011)
  • Outlaw Territory: "Man on a Horse: A Dawson Brothers Tale" (with Shaun O'Neil, anthology graphic novel, tpb, 240 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-60706-321-2)
  • Super Dinosaur #1-ongoing (with Jason Howard, 2011–...)
  • The Infinite #1-4 (with Rob Liefeld, 2011)
  • Thief of Thieves #1-ongoing (co-writer, 2012–...)
  • Outcast (2014-ongoing)

Marvel Comics
  • Epic Anthology: "Sleepwalker: New Beginnings" (with Khary Randolph, Epic, 2004)
  • X-Men Unlimited #2: "All the Rage" (with Takeshi Miyazawa, 2004)
  • Spider-Man Unlimited #4: "Love Withdrawal" (with Cory Walker, 2004)
  • Captain America #29–32: "Super Patriot" (with Scot Eaton, 2004)
  • Jubilee #1–6 (with Derec Donovan, 2004)
  • Marvel Team-Up (with Scott Kolins, Jeff Johnson, Paco Medina, Cory Walker, Andy Kuhn and Roger Cruz, 2005–2007)
  • Fantastic Four: Foes #1–6 (with Cliff Rathburn, 2005)
  • Amazing Fantasy #15: "Monstro" (with Khary Randolph, 2006)
  • What If?.. featuring Thor (with Michael Avon Oeming, one-shot, 2006)
  • Marvel Zombies:
  • Ultimate X-Men #66–93, Annual No. 2
  • New Avengers: America Supports You: "Time Trouble" (with Alex Chung and Scott Hepburn, one-shot, 2006)
  • The Irredeemable Ant-Man (with Phil Hester and Cory Walker, 2006–2007)
  • Destroyer #1–5 (with Cory Walker, 2009)
  • X-Force Annual No. 1 (with Jason Pearson, 2010)
  • Inhumans 2099 (with Cliff Rathburn, 2004)

Other publishers
  • 9-11 vol.1: "Untitled" (with Tony Moore, anthology graphic novel, tpb, 196 pages, Dark Horse, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-881-0)
  • Top Cow: Hardcore (2012, ongoing)
  • Tales of Army of Darkness: "Weekend Off" (with Ryan Ottley, Dynamite, one-shot, 2006)
  • Masters of the Universe Icons of Evil - Tri-Klops #1
  • Masters of the Universe Icons of Evil - Mer-Man #1
  • Masters of the Universe Icons of Evil - Trap Jaw #1
  • Tales of the Realm #1–5 (with Matt Tyree, MVCreations, 2003–2004)

Kirkman has also written a series of non-graphic The Walking Dead novels:

  1. The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, with Jay Bonansinga, Thomas Dunne Books, 2011.
  2. The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury, with Jay Bonansinga, Thomas Dunne Books, 2012.
  3. The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, with Jay Bonansinga, Thomas Dunne Books, 2013 & 2014.

The Walking Dead (TV series)
Kirkman has written a number of TV episodes.
  • 1.04 - "Vatos"
  • 2.01 - "What Lies Ahead" (co-written with Ardeth Bey)
  • 2.13 - "Beside the Dying Fire" (co-written with Glen Mazzara)
  • 3.08 - "Made to Suffer"
  • 4.03 - "Isolation"
  • 4.09 - "After"
  • 5.02 - "Strangers"

Fear the Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead is a companion series to The Walking Dead, set in Los Angeles, California and starting prior to the apocalypse. Robert Kirkman is co-creator of the series alongside Dave Erickson. He is also an executive producer and has co-written episodes of the series.
  • 1.01 - "Pilot" (co-written with Dave Erickson)
  • 1.06 - "The Good Man" (co-written with Dave Erickson)


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14. Robert Kirkman: Image Partner, Done at Marvel, Newsarama, July 22, 2008
15. Per The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators, the earlier volumes star an unrelated character adapted from The Destroyer series of novels: The Destroyer (1989–1990), The Destroyer vol. 2 (1991) and The Destroyer vol. 3 (1991–1992)
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Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Walking dead. The complete first season [videorecording] / created by Frank Darabont ; written by Frank Darabont ... [et al.] ; directed by Frank Darabont.
AV-D10145, Young Media Library

Walking dead. The complete second season [videorecording] / AMC presents ; Circle of Confusion ; Valhalla Entertainment ; Darkwoods Productions ; AMC Studios ; developed by Frank Darabont ; producer, Scott M. Gimple ; produced by Tom Luse ; producer, Deni
AV-D10146, Young Media Library

Walking dead. The complete third season / AMC presents ; developed by Frank Darabont ; producers, Paul Gadd, Nichole Beattie, Sang Kyu Kim, Angela Kang ; produced by Tom Luse ; Circle of Confusion ; Valhalla Entertainment ; AMC Studios.
AV-D10147, Young Media Library