Emmett Wigglesworth, muralist, painter, sculptor, fabric designer and poet was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the College of Art and Design and later enlisted
in military service. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1957 and has
resided in New York since 1958.
Mr. Wigglesworth has designed and illustrated several books and magazines, like Sesame Street Magazine, for various publishing companies, including Harper & Row, McGraw-Hill, Macmillan Press and American Books. He’s combined his poetry and printmaking, produced a documentary on “Aging,” and designed the covers for two volumes of the Journal of Black Poetry. He taught art at the New Muse in Brooklyn, the J.O.I.N. Center, the Children’s Art Carnival and the Harlem Parents Association in Manhattan. He was also an instructor for a number of special programs for the Board of Education, where he taught academics through art.
Mr. Wigglesworth participated in the Civil Rights movement, starting in 1959, and in the early ’60s, taught art at the CORE Freedom School in Selma, Alabama. During that time, he wrote and directed two plays for the CORE Freedom Theater in San Francisco. In 1968, he designed the interior and exterior of the Bedford Stuyvesant Theater in Brooklyn. He also designed costumes and stage sets for the Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens, New York. His work has been exhibited in Ghana and throughout the United States, and his mural commissions include: private homes, P.S. 181 in Brooklyn, the New York State Council on the Arts, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Kings County Hospital, Abyssinian Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Children’s Center and 11 murals for the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation and Urban Resource Institute (ARTC-URI). Mr. Wigglesworth recently completed a two-and-half-month residency at Nassau Community College, where he created a 15-foot threedimensional mural, “It Is Not Enough to See, One Must See Through to Find Truth.”
Emmett Wigglesworth is a member of the National Conference of Artists, Weusi Artist
Collective in New York City, Association of Caribbean and American Artists, AAA Artists and
Cross Sections, as well as the Fulton Art Fair Artists.
“It seems that in a time of materialism, self-interest and self-gratification to the extreme, the
purpose of life has been forgotten...so too is the purpose of talent. The enhancement of humanity
gives life and talent meaning. It is my hope and prayer that by using my talent in a functional
way, I can remind humanity of the need to search for, and put into practice, spiritual truth.”
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