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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Light Tan
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/28/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Light Tan
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/28/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Ausbra Ford's academic and sculptural work has been the result of his adept merging of scholarly research with an artist's creativity. He was born in Chicago on February 28, 1935. He attended Coleman Elementary and DuSable High School before studying sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned a B.A. in 1964 and a M.F.A. in 1966.

From 1964-1968, Ford taught art courses for elementary schools in both the Gary and Chicago public school systems. He then served a brief stint as an associate professor at Southern University in Baton Rouge before returning to Chicago to become a full-time Professor at Chicago State University. In support of his interest in the funeral art of Afro-Americans, Ford received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship as well as a grant from Chicago State University to conduct research on the funerary art of West and Central Africa. Subsequent grants from the Chicago State University Foundation allowed him to continue pursuing his work in the field.

Ford's writing on funerary art has been published in journals such as World Anthropology and the Morition Press, and in the books Two Centuries of Afro-American Art and African Influence in Funeral Art of Haiti.

He has lectured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the Chicago Field Museum, as well as numerous colleges around the country. Ford sits on the Board of Directors of the DuSable Museum; is the President and one of the founders of the African American Visual Arts Roundtable; and is a member of both the Kemetic Institute of Northeastern Illinois University and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. His work has been exhibited both locally and nationally, in one man and group shows. Ford's pieces are part of the permanent collections of Chicago State University, the University of Suwon in the Republic of Korea, the Southside Community Art Center in Chicago, the DuSable Museum of African American History, Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago's Hilton Hotel.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ausbra Ford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ausbra Ford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ausbra Ford talks about his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ausbra Ford describes the building where he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ausbra Ford describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ausbra Ford describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ausbra Ford talks about his father's trucking business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ausbra Ford talks about his father leaving Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ausbra Ford describes some of his father's stories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ausbra Ford talks about his father's business philosophy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ausbra Ford describes his mother's escape from Georgia and move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ausbra Ford describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ausbra Ford describes his maternal grandmother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ausbra Ford shares his grandparents' stories of the trauma of slavery and lynching
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ausbra Ford describes his reactions to hearing family stories of lynching
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ausbra Ford describes his childhood in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ausbra Ford describes his childhood in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ausbra Ford describes the development of the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ausbra Ford describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ausbra Ford talks about the gangs in Bronzeville during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ausbra Ford describes his experience at Coleman Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ausbra Ford describes what kind of student he was at Coleman Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ausbra Ford talks about his aspirations to become an artist or architect
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ausbra Ford describes his parents' response to his decision to become an artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ausbra Ford describes his experience at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ausbra Ford describes his experience at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ausbra Ford talks about athletics at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ausbra Ford talks about how DuSable High School prepared him academically
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ausbra Ford talks about his high school teacher, HistoryMaker Margaret Burroughs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ausbra Ford talks about graduating from DuSable High School in 1953
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ausbra Ford talks about his service in the United States Air Force during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ausbra Ford talks about his experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ausbra Ford talks about his relationship with HistoryMaker Dr. Margaret Burroughs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ausbra Ford describes the beginning of his academic career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ausbra Ford describes his study of funeral art in Africa, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ausbra Ford describes his study of funeral art in Africa, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ausbra Ford describes his experience teaching at Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ausbra Ford describes his growth as an artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ausbra Ford talks about the importance of AFRI-COBRA and the art scene in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ausbra Ford talks about his experience teaching at the Kemetic Institute and Chicago State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ausbra Ford talks about the importance of the collective in his art and teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ausbra Ford describes his first trip to Egypt in 1987, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ausbra Ford describes his first trip to Egypt in 1987, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ausbra Ford talks about his second trip to Africa in 1988
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ausbra Ford talks about the influence of traveling to Africa on his art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ausbra Ford describes his two sculptures on Oshun
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ausbra Ford talks about his interest in mixed media sculpture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ausbra Ford talks about the experience of traveling to Brazil
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ausbra Ford talks about the relationship between African and Brazilian art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ausbra Ford talks about the creation of the African American Visual Artists Roundtable
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ausbra Ford talks about his success with the African American Visual Artists Roundtable
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ausbra Ford talks about his experience with the committee to provide art to the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ausbra Ford talks about his experience with the committee to provide art to the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ausbra Ford talks about the present support of visual arts in the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ausbra Ford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ausbra Ford talks about how he would like to be remembered and his parents' pride in him
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ausbra Ford talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ausbra Ford narrates his photographs