In Memoriam: Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, 1944-2014

tritobiaTribotia Benjamin, an accomplished art historian whose research focused on the works of African American women, died late last month after a long illness. She was 69 years old.

Dr. Benjamin served for 44 years on the faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was hired in 1970 as an instructor and was promoted to full professor in 1993. She also served as associate dean of the Division of Fine Arts and director of the Howard University Gallery of Art. Professor Benjamin was the author of The Life and Art of Lois Mailou Jones (Pomegranate, 1994).

A native of Brinkley, Arkansas, Professor Benjamin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history at Howard University. She earned a Ph.D. in art history at the University of Maryland, College Park.


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