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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1954
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1954
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Artist Brenda Singletary was born on May 23, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.A. degree in art education from Morris Brown College. Prior to becoming a fulltime visual artist, she worked several years in television broadcasting until 1985.

Singletary’s original pieces are done in oil, enamel, acrylic, gold leaf, and pastels; they range from figurative and abstract to floral and landscapes. Singletary’s experience in broadcasting, along with her artistic dedication, created a unique artistic career that is centered on projects to help support community non-profits. She has raised funds for organizations such as The March of Dimes, 100 Black Women and 100 Black Men, United Negro College Fund, the Atlanta Day Shelter, the Senior Connection, and the National Black MBA Association.

Singletary served two years as a panel judge for the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. Her artwork is a part of the White House permanent art collection and hangs in the conference room of the White House Fellows Administration Office and the Georgia State Capital.

In 2001, Singletary was invited by the White House as the guest lecturer for a luncheon hosted by the President’s Commission on White House Fellows to speak on current events and express her views as an African American artist.

Collectors of Singletary’s work include Andrew Young, Hank Aaron, Terry McMillan, Thurbert Baker and Marion Wright Edelman. She has been presented with the American Express Cultural Arts Award, the Golden Sable Award from the United Negro College Fund, and the Daimler-Chrysler Motion through Expression Art Competition Award.

As an advocate of community arts, Singletary has worked with Atlanta-area high schools and facilitated seminars for students who wish to express themselves creatively.

Singletary lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Singletary was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 16, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Brenda Singletary's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary describes her family background in Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Brenda Singletary describes her maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Brenda Singletary describes her mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Brenda Singletary describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Brenda Singletary lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Brenda Singletary describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Brenda Singletary describes her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Brenda Singletary describes childhood Christmas celebrations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Brenda Singletary recalls her schools in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Brenda Singletary describes her art classes in elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Brenda Singletary recalls attending Detroit's Saunders Memorial A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Brenda Singletary lists her schools in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Brenda Singletary describes attending Barbour Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary remembers the music she enjoyed as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary recalls her homeroom teacher at Barbour Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary describes her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Brenda Singletary remembers Detroit's Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Brenda Singletary remembers Charles F. Kettering Senior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Brenda Singletary remembers the pressure from her parents to study teaching
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Brenda Singletary recalls winning an art contest in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Brenda Singletary describes her high school music teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Brenda Singletary recalls her admission to Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Brenda Singletary remembers attending Oakland University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Brenda Singletary recalls her decision to attend Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary remembers her arrival at Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary describes her art classes at Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary describes her early artwork
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Brenda Singletary recalls her aspiration to become a professional artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Brenda Singletary recalls leaving Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Brenda Singletary recalls working for WWSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Brenda Singletary remembers her internship at WXIA-TV
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Brenda Singletary recalls African American television news reporters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Brenda Singletary describes working in community affairs at WXIA-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Brenda Singletary talks about WXIA-TV reporter John Pruitt
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary recalls leaving her position at WSB-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary describes working at WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary remembers interviewing Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Brenda Singletary recalls a Ku Klux Klan rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Brenda Singletary remembers working as a private investigator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Brenda Singletary describes her work as an organ tuner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Brenda Singletary remembers working at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Brenda Singletary remembers working at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Brenda Singletary remembers selling her art to the Tritt Gallery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Brenda Singletary remembers how she learned about the art market
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary talks about selling on consignment
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary remembers selling her artwork on a national circuit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary recalls partnering with nonprofit organizations as an artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Brenda Singletary describes her artistic styles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Brenda Singletary describes the arts community in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Brenda Singletary describes the arts community in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Brenda Singletary recalls gender discrimination she experienced as an artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Brenda Singletary describes the collectors of her art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Brenda Singletary talks about selling her art in California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Brenda Singletary describes what she does with her unwanted paintings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Brenda Singletary describes her art burning fundraisers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary describes her art burning fundraisers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary describes her work with the White House Fellows program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary talks about the White House Fellows program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Brenda Singletary recalls speaking to the White House Fellows
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Brenda Singletary lists the nonprofit organizations she supported
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Brenda Singletary recalls creating an art library for the White House Fellows
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Brenda Singletary reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Brenda Singletary shares her advice for aspiring artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Brenda Singletary describes her favorite artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Brenda Singletary describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Brenda Singletary shares her advice for aspiring art collectors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Brenda Singletary describes the value of art reproductions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Brenda Singletary narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Brenda Singletary narrates her photographs, pt. 2