Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (1940 -) was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. in art history from Barnard College in 1962 and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art and Architecture in 1964. De Bretteville chaired the department of Communication Design at Otis/Parsons from 1981 until 1990, when she became professor and director of studies in graphic design at Yale University. In addition to designing numerous publications on art and culture, she created Biddy Mason: Time and Place, a unique public monument at 333 S. Spring Street honoring Biddy Mason, an ex-slave and midwife who helped found the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, March 1998.
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