As a full-time professional artist, I have artwork in more than 500 public, private, and corporate collections. Since 1970, I attracted patrons through partnerships with various galleries, consultants, and museums, namely the Milwaukee Art Museum, Posner Art Gallery, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Peltz Gallery, Nikki Bender & Co., and Sally Stevens, LT, in Milwaukee; the Valperine Gallery in Madison; Isobel Neal Gallery and Murphy Rabb Inc. in Chicago; and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers in Birmingham, Alabama.
Along with the notable private Cynthia Sears Collection, dozens of public collections contain my artwork, including Marquette University's Haggerty Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Beloit College's Wright Museum of Art, Swarthmore College Libraries, Duke University's Perkins Library, Rhode Island School of Design's Fleet Library, UW - Milwaukee's Golda Meir Library, and Stanford University's Bowes Art & Architecture Library.
Besides exhibiting at the aforementioned museums, my artwork has been shown in solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions such as the Bainbridge Island Art Museum in Seattle, WA; the Cedarburg Art Museum in Cedarburg, WI; the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI; and the Whitney Museum in New York City. Internationally, I attended my U.S. Embassy Moscow solo exhibition in Russia and have shown in group exhibitions in Japan, Germany, and Spain.
Open to exploring diverse media, such as printmaking, pastels, mixed media monotypes, installations, collage, public art, and book arts, my artwork attracted several exhibition awards with my most impactful being a "purchase award" for my watermelon pastel at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. My installations received an Intermedia/McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship (Minneapolis) and a Milwaukee County Fellowship.The Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year Award and the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award are important career acknowledgements.
Among significant commissions are an oil painting titled Who Will Love Me Better? for Beloit College's Wright Museum of Art, four mixed-media chine collé prints for the John and Murph Burke Art Collection at Milwaukee's Convention Center, Miller Brewing Company's 12 oil portraits for their 1989 Gallery of Greats calendar, Black Attorneys: Counsels For The Cause, and a lithograph edition titled Until the Magic Comes for Philadelphia's Brandywine Press. My public art projects, fabricated by George Ray McCormick, Sr., include Giving Gifts (12 painted metal sculptures) installed at the Milwaukee County General Mitchell Airport parking structure and Kindred Ties (16 painted metal panels enhancing a standard bus shelter) near Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
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