Michael Ellison’s career is characterized by linocut prints depicting Atlanta’s Black community. Ellison was born in New York in 1952 but spent most of his life in Georgia. The artist graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and Atlanta College of Art and earned his M.F.A. from Georgia State University in 1983. He taught art at South Carolina State College, Claflin College and the Atlanta College of Art. His artistic career was challenged after he was struck by lightning while sleeping in 1991, but he continued to make work until his death in 2001.

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