Sylvester Britton (1926–2009) was a prolific painter and printmaker from the South Side of Chicago. After graduating from Wendell Phillips High School in 1945, Britton enlisted directly into the army to fight in World War II. Britton studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and traveled for further study in Mexico and Europe. He worked in a range of different styles, from figurative to highly abstract, and experimented with many different printmaking techniques. He worked closely with Margaret Burroughs and was also deeply involved in the 57th Street Art Fair, creating multiple posters for the annual event. He exhibited frequently at the South Side Community Art Center as a young artist and later became a member of the board. In the 1990s, he collaborated with Ralph Arnold, making works in parallel and together, and exhibiting together in a show called “Collaboration” at the Center in 1998.