Elmer W. Brown was born in Pittsburgh and lived in Columbus before moving to Cleveland when he was 20. He studied at the Cleveland Insitute of Art and was active at Karamu House as an actor and stage designer as were many other African American artists and writers of the time. He was especially known for his WPA murals at Valleyview Homes and the Cleveland City Club building. He taught art classes before joining American Greetings in 1953. He was a painter, educator, decorator, cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. WPA Print. Etching. Image