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Georgette Seabrooke Powell

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Therapist
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Violet
Favorite Food:
Rice, Okra, Gumbo, Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/2/1916
Birth Location:
Charleston, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Therapist
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Violet
Favorite Food:
Rice, Okra, Gumbo, Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/2/1916
Birth Location:
Charleston
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Biography

Art therapist, non-profit chief executive, and painter Georgette Ernestine Seabrooke Powell was born on August 2, 1916 in Charleston, South Carolina to Anna and George Seabrooke. Powell grew up in the Yorkville neighborhood of New York City. In the 1930s, she graduated from Washington Irving High School in New York City. She also studied art at the Harlem Art Workshop and the Harlem Community Art Center. In 1933, Powell began majoring in art at Cooper Union Art School in New York, and during this time she was selected to be a part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Federal Arts Project.

As an artist through the WPA from 1936-1939 she created murals at Queens General Hospital and Harlem Hospital as well as and did some public art. In 1959, Powell's family moved to Washington, D.C., where she became immersed in Washington's arts society. Studying art therapy in the early 1960s, at the Metropolitan Mental Health Skills Center and the Washington School of Psychiatry, Powell became a registered arts therapist through the American Art Therapy Association. She taught art to promote skill building and self-esteem with mentally ill patients at D.C. General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. In 1973, Powell earned her B.F.A. degree from Howard University. In 1975, she founded and directed the Tomorrow’s Art World Center, Inc. to assist young aspiring artists. Powell was a member and President of the District of Columbia Art Association between 1974 and 1998.

Powell’s artistry appeared in seventy-two major art exhibits between 1933 and 2003. She exhibited throughout the United States and in Venezuela, Nigeria and Senegal. Her exhibits have included: a one woman show, “Radiance and Reality,” which she showcased at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington; and a 1995 show, “Art Changes Things” which was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. Her works hang in distinguished permanent collections across the country. An example is "Grandmother’s Birthday," which was acquired by and hangs at the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Georgette Ernestine Seabrooke Powell resides in Palm Coast, Florida and enjoys the company of her three children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Georgette Seabrooke Powell passed away on December 27, 2011 at the age of 95.

Georgette Ernestine Seabrooke Powell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 8, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Georgette Seabrooke Powell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls moving to New York City as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her family's life in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers attending New York City's P.S. 6
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her early interest in art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her education at P.S. 6
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls her decision to attend Washington Irving High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers Washington Irving High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her early art pieces
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers the Harlem Arts Workshop
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls the art workshops in Harlem
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls seeking employment after high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recall her admission to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls being hired by the Works Progress Administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers creating a mural at Harlem Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls the opposition to her mural at Harlem Hospital, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls the opposition to her mural at Harlem Hospital, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her mural, 'Recreation in Harlem'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her work with the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell talks about returning to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers opening the Powell Art Studio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her introduction to art therapy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls working in art therapy in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes the impact of art therapy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell talks about the collectors of her art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers earning her degree at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls travelling with Lois Mailou Jones
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls founding the Operation Heritage Art Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers changing the name of her art center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell reads a letter from President Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her community art projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell talks about her art exhibitions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell recalls her exhibit at the Charleston Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell reflects upon the changes in her artistic style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell remembers her collaboration with Allan Crite
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Georgette Seabrooke Powell narrates her photographs