Works in the Collection
Leon Hicks was born in 1933 and grew up in Gainesville, Florida. He earned a B.S. from Kansas State University, then continued his education at the University of Iowa, earning an MFA in printmaking. Hicks was a dedicated educator and spent nearly 34 years teaching at a number of universities including Florida A&M University, Concord College (now Concord University), Lincoln University, Lehigh University, and Webster University. Hicks taught at Webster for 25 years before retiring in 1999 and being named Professor Emeritus.
Hicks preferred medium is intaglio printmaking, and his skill with the medium brought him national and international recognition. He was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for Humanities for his contributions to the arts and education. His work can be found in the collections of the St. Louis Art Museum, Oakland Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, among others. Hick is currently an adjunct professor of African-American Art at Florida A&M University.