John T. Riddle, Jr. was a sculptor, painter, and printmaker. He received his BA in art education and his MA in painting from California State College. Riddle taught art at Los Angeles High School and Beverly Hills High School before moving to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1984 where he taught at Spelman College. He also served as Executive Director of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Art Center, Inc. and for 15 years he was the Assistant Director of the Atlanta Civic Center. Riddle returned to Los Angeles in 1999 to the position of Program Manager of Visual Arts for the California African American Museum. Riddle’s works can now be found in the collections of the Musée de Montreux in Switzerland; National Jazz Museum in Harlem; the California African American Museum; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the Schomburg Center; the Tubman Museum in Macon; the Philadelphia African American Museum; the University Museums, Delaware; African American Museum in Dallas; Frank J. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, Ohio State University; Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview; Oakland Museum; and Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. His work has been collected by many prominent figures such as Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Roberta Flack and Jasmine Guy. Riddles’ work has frequently appeared on the NBC television drama, “In the Heat of the Night.” Riddle passed away March 3, 2002.

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