Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) was an American sculptor noted in particular for her work in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s. Her parents were of Native American and African ancestry. In 1918 she was the first woman of color to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. She earned critical acclaim for her work, including the Harmon Prize in 1929. Works by Prophet are held in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. She taught at Spelman College for about a decade before she returned to Providence where she stayed until her death in 1960.The images in this collection are also available for viewing on Shared Shelf Commons and via the Digital Public Library of America.
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