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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Sweet Potato Pie, Peach Cobbler
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New England, Southwestern United States
Favorite Quote:
The Difference Between A Stepping Stone And A Stumbling Block Is How High You Step.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1935
Birth Location:
Youngstown, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Sweet Potato Pie, Peach Cobbler
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New England, Southwestern United States
Favorite Quote:
The Difference Between A Stepping Stone And A Stumbling Block Is How High You Step.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1935
Birth Location:
Youngstown
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Biography

Gallery director, arts advocate and civic leader Ernestine Turner Brown was born October 22, 1935 in Youngstown, Ohio. She was the first of three children born to Alma Hill and Isaac Turner. She attended Madison Elementary and East/North High Schools in Youngstown, Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University in 1959. Brown also completed post-baccalaureate work at Boston, Northwestern and Kent State Universities.

After graduating from Youngstown, Brown worked as a full-time business education teacher in the Cleveland Public Schools from 1960 until 1966, and then as a part-time instructor in business classes at Cuyahoga Community College until 1976. Since 1980, she has been the director and co-owner, with her husband water colorist Malcolm Brown, of the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Under Brown’s directorship, the gallery has gained national and international recognition for increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts by exposing new and seasoned audiences to a broader spectrum of art and artists. Among the renowned African American artists whose works have been showcased in the Malcolm Brown Gallery are Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Selma Burke. Articles about the gallery’s exhibits have appeared in USA Today, Black Enterprise, and Essence Magazine among others.

In addition to serving a diverse audience of private collectors, Brown has worked to enhance and develop the art collections of public institutions and private corporations, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Coca-Cola Corporation. Brown is also a much sought-after speaker, addressing such topics as “Collecting Art: The African American Artist” and “the Role of the Gallery to Artists and Art Audiences.”

Brown is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Advisory Outreach Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, the NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is also the recipient of many awards and honors, including the “Salute to Excellence in Art” award from the National Council of Negro Women and the Cleveland Arts Prize “Special Citation for Distinguished Service to the Arts.”

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ernestine Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ernestine Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ernestine Brown talks about her maternal family background and the role of the church in her family's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ernestine Brown talks about her paternal family's migration north
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ernestine Brown talks about family vacations to the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ernestine Brown talks about her maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ernestine Brown describes her childhood neighborhood in Youngstown, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ernestine Brown talks about her parents' relationship, their divorce, and assuming responsibilities as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ernestine Brown describes her childhood neighborhood in Youngstown, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ernestine Brown describes the smells and sounds of her childhood in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ernestine Brown talks about elementary school and her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ernestine Brown describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ernestine Brown talks about participating in oratory competitions in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ernestine Brown talks about working as a secretary for a lawyer in Youngstown, Ohio during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ernestine Brown talks about various secretarial jobs she held while in school at Youngstown University in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ernestine Brown talks about applying for teaching positions after graduating from Youngstown University in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ernestine Brown talks about employment opportunities for African American girls in Youngstown, Ohio during the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ernestine Brown recalls the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision in 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ernestine Brown talks about teaching in the Cleveland Public School System during the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ernestine Brown talks about attending workshops at Boston University and returning to Boston in summer 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ernestine Brown describes how she met her husband, HistoryMaker Malcolm Brown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ernestine Brown recalls the March on Washington and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ernestine Brown talks about protests and de facto school segregation in Cleveland, Ohio during the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ernestine Brown reflects upon the unrest and assassinations of the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ernestine Brown talks about returning to teaching in the Cleveland Public Schools in 1977 after giving birth to her three children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ernestine Brown talks about searching for a location for an art gallery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ernestine Brown remembers being forced to sign a restrictive covenant when she bought their first house in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1967
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ernestine Brown talks about opening the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1980
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ernestine Brown talks about exhibitions by HistoryMaker Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Hughie Lee-Smith at the Malcolm Brown Gallery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ernestine Brown talks about operating the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ernestine Brown reflects upon the role of art in society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ernestine Brown talks about institutions that collect and showcase HistoryMaker Malcolm Brown's art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ernestine Brown talks about running the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ernestine Brown talks about developing a relationship with June Kelly, Romare Bearden's manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ernestine Brown describes the relationship between the Malcolm Brown Gallery and other arts organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ernestine Brown explains how the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired a painting by HistoryMaker Malcolm Brown
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ernestine Brown talks about her involvement with the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ernestine Brown talks about her children and volunteer activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ernestine Brown describes her hopes for the future of art in America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ernestine Brown talks about the relationship between race and American art