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Untitled

Artist
Vincent J. Proby
Year
1974
Artwork Type
Glass
Media & Support
Cement, stained glass
Dimensions
10 ft.x 20 ft.* (3 x 6.1 m)
Department
Public Library
Location
A.C. Bilbrew Library
150 East El Segundo Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
District
2
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Location

Latitude: -118.272325 - Longitude: 33.915997
Image: Untitled

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Description

In 1974 Los Angeles County built a library named for Madame A C  Bilbrew, a community leader, poet, musician and Los Angeles County deputy. Madame Bilbrew was a pioneer in radio and the first African American person to have her own radio show in the United States. The Bilbrew Library also houses the Black Resource Center which many authors and researchers use to study social, historical, and cultural aspects of Black history. Architect and artist Vincent J. Proby was hired to design this important library.  Proby was passionate about art and he included an artwork of his own in the building. The artwork is in the entrance foyer and is composed of concrete panels with embedded stained glass. The glass shapes form a bright and organic curvilinear pattern. The panels are interspersed with narrow vertical windows that let light into the building.

About the Artist

Vincent J. Proby was born in Wichita, Texas in 1928.  As a child, he moved with his family to Los Angeles and remained in the area for the rest of his life.  He majored in architecture at the University of Southern California and designed many prominent buildings during the course of his career.  His works include buildings on the campuses of UCLA, Los Angeles City College, and Pierce College as well as several Los Angeles high schools, the California African American Museum, and structures at Camp Pendleton.  His artwork can be found in the collection of the California African American Museum.
In 1978 Proby was the first African American, and the first member of any minority group, to serve on the State Board of Architectural Examiners and throughout his life he served as a guest lecturer for several universities.  Vincent J. Proby passed away in 1987 at the age of 59.