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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Professor
Cultural Heritage Chief Executive
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/7/1941
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Professor
Cultural Heritage Chief Executive
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/7/1941
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Master artist, educator, and entrepreneur, Edward Everett Parker, was born in Pittsburgh's Hill District on Bentley Drive on February 7, 1941, to Augustine Washington and David Nathaniel Parker. When Parker was in elementary school, his parents moved Edward and his brother David to Toledo, Ohio, where he studied at the Toledo Museum of Art. Parker attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Scott High School; he earned his bachelor's degree in art from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and his master's degree in Art Education, with an emphasis in sculpting, from Ohio's Kent State University. Parker also completed additional graduate level work at the University of Illinois and in Ife, in West Africa.

Parker taught art education in the Cleveland Public Schools, where he served as the head of the art department at Audubon Jr. High for a number of years. Parker later attained the position of professor and arts coordinator at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College where he taught for nearly twenty years. Parker founded and acted as the director of the Snickerfritz Cultural Workshop for the Arts, Inc., located in the Edward E. Parker Creative Arts Complex in East Cleveland, Ohio. The complex, which also includes gallery and classroom space, meeting rooms, and a number of small businesses, is housed in a converted nursing home that sat vacant and dilapidated for seventeen years before Parker purchased and rehabilitated the facility.

Parker's artistic achievements include numerous one-man and group shows in Ohio and other states, and commissions from Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College and Florida Memorial College. Parker's vision as an artist has long been informed by African American history and culture; his better known works include a life-sized sculpture of the Chicken George character from Alex Haley's Roots and a celebrated series of African American clown sculptures and prints. After the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the forty-forth President of the United States, Parker sculpted Obama's likeness and displayed the bust in his Snickerfritz Art Gallery. In addition to his work in the arts, Parker also served on the Board of Trustees for the East Cleveland Library.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edward Parker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edward Parker talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edward Parker describes his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edward Parker describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edward Parker talks about growing up in a Pittsburgh housing project
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edward Parker talks about moving from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Toledo, Ohio as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edward Parker describes his childhood education in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Edward Parker describes his childhood speech impediment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Edward Parker talks about his education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edward Parker talks about studying art in Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edward Parker describes the beginning of his teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edward Parker talks about his early success as an art teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edward Parker talks about his art career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edward Parker talks about his family life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edward Parker describes how he came to teach at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edward Parker describes his clown series
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edward Parker describes his creative process as an artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edward Parker describes his art series on clowns and Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edward Parker talks about his art shows
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edward Parker describes his artistic vision
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edward Parker describes the benefit of owning his own gallery and studio space as an artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edward Parker talks about his commissioned works and representing his own art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Edward Parker describes his life philosophy and legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Edward Parker talks about African American influences on his art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Edward Parker talks about the state of black art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edward Parker talks about the losses he experienced in a fire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edward Parker concludes his interview
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edward Parker narrates his photographs