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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1933
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1933
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Born Isobel Hoskins July 28, 1933 in New York City, Neal attended PS70 in Brooklyn and graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in 1951. Neal studied at the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1953, but returned to Brooklyn and earned her B.A. degree in History from New York University in 1955. That same year, she married Attorney Earl Langdon Neal and moved to Chicago.

In Chicago, Neal taught at Mason, Shakespeare and Beethoven public schools beginning in 1955. From1965 to 1975, she taught homebound students. In 1977 she received a M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology form University of California at Santa Barbara. Neal also volunteered on the boards of various cultural institutions and organizations including: the Illinois Arts Alliance, DuSable Museum of African American History, the Illinois Humanities Council, New Regal Theatre, Cultural Center Foundation and Art Resources in Teaching. Her involvement with the annual "Black Creativity" art exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry inspired her to develop her own gallery.

In 1986 Isobel Neal opened The Isobel Neal Gallery. Featured artists over the years have included: William Carter, Jonathan Green, Geraldine McCullough, Madeline Rabb, Elizabeth Catlett, Herbert House, Norman Lewis, Bennie Andrews, Reese Bennett and many others. The Isobel Neal Gallery identified and cultivated a hidden community of black art lovers while creating a venue for quality art. Neal retired from the gallery in 1996, passing the mantle of Chicago representation for many of the artists on to George R. N’Namdi. Still active as a curator of art shows, Neal lives in Chicago with husband, Earl, where she enjoys time with her four grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Isobel Neal's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Isobel Neal lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Isobel Neal describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Isobel Neal describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Isobel Neal describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Isobel Neal describes her mother's personality and work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Isobel Neal describes her father's personality and work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Isobel Neal describes her earliest memory in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Isobel Neal describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Isobel Neal describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Isobel Neal talks about attending P.S. 70 in Brooklyn, New York and her father's expectations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Isobel Neal talks about her interest in art while attending New York University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Isobel Neal describes attending Franklin K. Lane High School in Queens, New York in the late 1940s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Isobel Neal describes her experience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Isobel Neal describes attending Franklin K. Lane High School in Queens, New York in the late 1940s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Isobel Neal talks about her switch to being a history major, and her lack of understanding about African American history growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Isobel Neal describes her experience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Isobel Neal talks about completing her undergraduate degree in history at New York University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Isobel Neal describes her move to and experiences living in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Isobel Neal describes HistoryMaker Earl Neal's emergency operation while she was in a program at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Isobel Neal talks about her employment in the Chicago Department of Welfare's children division
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Isobel Neal talks about her teaching experiences at Mason School and Shakespeare School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Isobel Neal describes the differences she noticed between Shakespeare School and Beethoven School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Isobel Neal describes her experiences teaching homebound students, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Isobel Neal describes her experiences teaching homebound students, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Isobel Neal talks about her husband HistoryMaker Earl Neal's career and its impact on her activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Isobel Neal describes the impetus for opening the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Isobel Neal talks about the location of the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Isobel Neal describes artists she featured in the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Isobel Neal describes her most successful shows at the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Isobel Neal describes her most successful shows at the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Isobel Neal talks about the impact of African American art on Chicago, Illinois' gallery culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Isobel Neal talks about the consequences of 'The Chicago Show' on the Isobel Neal Gallery in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Isobel Neal talks about Mayor Harold Washington's legacy for art programs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Isobel Neal describes her reasoning for leaving the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Isobel Neal talks about notable art events and working with artists in Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Isobel Neal describes challenging experiences she had with clients, artists and gallery owners in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Isobel Neal describes her hopes and concerns for the African American art community and her perspective on purchasing art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Isobel Neal reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Isobel Neal talks about an art show at Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Isobel Neal considers what she would have done differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Isobel Neal shares advice for young artists who want to approach a gallery with their work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Isobel Neal talks about the opening night of the Isobel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Isobel Neal describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Isobel Neal narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Isobel Neal narrates her photographs, pt. 2