For our new series, Open Canon, we're looking for stories of underappreciated American artists. 

We are particularly interested in those writers, artists, and performers whose work has been unfairly overlooked or forgotten because of their race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. 

We want short, informative profiles of these American artists whose work hasn't historically been considered canonical but maybe should be. What was their most important contribution to American art history? Was it a particular way of working, an idea, a style? 

Please note: This is not the space for contemporary artists. Those interested in pitching stories about contemporary artists should look at our Pitch a Reported Story form. 

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