Painter and printmaker from Wilmington, North Carolina, Samuel J. Brown received a BA from Cheyney University in Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. An expert watercolorist, Brown was the first African American hired by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), the government’s initial work-relief program for the arts. He later worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Brown has exhibited work at Howard University in Washington, DC; the William E. Harmon Foundation in New York; the University of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. As an educator, Brown taught in the public system of Philadelphia for 33 years. For many years he shared a studio with artist Dox Thrash.