Kenneth Noland (artist)
Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1924, Kenneth Noland served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II and attended Black Mountain College on the G.I. Bill from 1946 to 1948. In 1947, the young artist studied with Josef Albers, during this time Noland began to experiment with a repeated concentric image. The rigid compositional format allowed him to focus on color, his primary artistic concern. After a year in Paris, Noland settled in Washington, D. C., where he taught at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and became associated with the so-called Washington Color School.