Calvin Douglass (1931-2021) was an African American painter and teacher in Staten Island, N.Y. Douglass was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1931 and was first introduced to art at eleven when he apprenticed at a sign making shop. Later, he attended Howard University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He was a member of Spiral, the collective of African American artists formed by Romare Bearden. Douglass exhibited his works around New York City.
Douglass was a lecturer and educator at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Vassar College and the Urban Center for Black Studies, and Smith College. Calvin Douglass died in 2021 in Edgewater, Florida.