Alice Ivory

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Alice Wesley Ivory (1931-1999) was an artist and educator.

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A talented sculptor, Ivory’s work was displayed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Locally, Ivory did multiple notable pieces for churches, including the steeple for Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ivy. Ivory worked as an art teacher at the segregated Burley High School for a decade.

In 1970, the Blue Ridge School hired her as their first African American teacher to lead their art department.[1] During her time at the Blue Ridge School, Ivory founded the annual art exhibition. The first show in 1973 featured the work of 160 professional artists and twenty-nine students.

Frances Brand portrait

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Ivory is one of several people commemorated by the late 20th-century artist Frances Brand as part of her Firsts series.


  1. Web. Blue Ridge School: History, Blue Ridge School, 2020, retrieved 16 June, 2022.

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