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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Neutral Colors
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Thank You, God.

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1938
Birth Location:
Camden, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Neutral Colors
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Thank You, God.

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1938
Birth Location:
Camden
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Biography

Private art dealer Peg Alston was born in Camden, New Jersey on December 31, 1938. As a child, Alston always wanted to make a difference. Prior to starting her private art dealership, Alston worked as a social worker from 1969 to 1975. She obtained her B.A. degree from New York University in 1960 and obtained her M.S.W. degree from Columbia University in 1964. She has also continued to study various art classes at the New School for Social Research. Her career in art began in 1969 as a council member for the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York. Inspired by art and private dealing, she became the publicity director for Cinque Gallery. Becoming frustrated because of the lack of visibility for African American artists, she established the Peg Alston Gallery in 1975, a private art dealership, specializing in African American art and sculpture.

Alston has held numerous art-related positions. In 1978, she served as a panel member on the New York State Council for the Arts where she helped to bring visibility to African American artists. In 1980, Alston became the curator for Retour Aux Sources, the first exhibit of African American artists in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and West Africa. In 1989, she was the coordinator for the Celebration of Tokyo and New York City as Sister Cities Art Festival, which led to her receiving the Distinction of Honor Award by the New York Coalition of Black Women that same year. From 1990 to 1992, she and Dr. Kaye E. Davis co-sponsored Established Art Seminars in New York City, which helped to bring African American art to a broader audience.


Alston continues to work to promote the works of African American artists. In 1995, she was Honorary Chair Person for Black Pearls: Treasures of African American Women Artists, an exhibit presented by the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women at New York City’s Cinque Gallery. Also in 1995, she was a panel speaker for Collecting African American Art at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey and she was also a panel speaker at the Conference on Female Entrepreneurship at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which was sponsored by the National Association of Female Executives. Alston has received several awards for her work in African American Art including a Certificate of Recognition from National Scene Magazine.

Alston lives in New York with her husband and continues to run the Peg Alston Gallery of African American art and sculpture.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Peg Alston's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Peg Alston lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Peg Alston describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Peg Alston describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Peg Alston describes her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Peg Alston describes her paternal grandmother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Peg Alston describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Peg Alston describe her genetic makeup
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Peg Alston describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Peg Alston remembers her grandmother's influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Peg Alston recalls her childhood neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Peg Alston recalls her difficult childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Peg Alston remembers quitting her violin lessons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Peg Alston remembers childhood Christmas celebrations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Peg Alston recalls her teachers at Charles Sumner Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Peg Alston recalls her organizational participation in Camden
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Peg Alston recalls her decision to study social work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Peg Alston describes people who influenced her in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Peg Alston describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Peg Alston remembers New Jersey's Camden High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Peg Alston remembers her childhood understanding of racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Peg Alston describes her extracurricular activities at Camden High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Peg Alston recalls her experience of racial discrimination at the YWCA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Peg Alston remembers being refused service at a Camden restaurant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Peg Alston remembers deciding to attend New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Peg Alston recalls adjusting to life at New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Peg Alston remembers living in Greenwich Village in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Peg Alston describes the African American community at New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Peg Alston recalls discovering art while babysitting in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Peg Alston describes the woman who employed her as a babysitter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Peg Alston remembers entering the art world
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Peg Alston describes her career in social work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Peg Alston talks about the Spiral group
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Peg Alston describes her early interest in African sculpture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Peg Alston remembers holding an African sculpture show at her apartment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Peg Alston remembers being mentored by Romare Bearden
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Peg Alston recalls showing Edward Clark's artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Peg Alston describes the novelty of exhibiting African American art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Peg Alston talks about the demarcation of black art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Peg Alston recalls holding a show in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Peg Alston remembers educating herself and others about black art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Peg Alston describes the public's ignorance of black art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Peg Alston describes her response to Jean-Michel Basquiat's popularity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Peg Alston shares her opinion on Jean-Michel Basquiat's art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Peg Alston's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Peg Alston talks about her mother's family history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Peg Alston talks about her uncle's experience as a Tuskegee Airman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Peg Alston recalls finding photographs for the Black Theatre Festival-U.S.A.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Peg Alston recalls contributing to an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Peg Alston talks about Edward Clark
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Peg Alston talks about Merton Simpson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Peg Alston recalls selling the artwork of Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Peg Alston remembers discovering Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Peg Alston remembers an exhibit at City College of New York in 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Peg Alston talks about African American art and history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Peg Alston talks about the role of the Studio Museum of Harlem
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Peg Alston describes her mission for Peg Alston Fine Arts Gallery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Peg Alston describes how she chooses art
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Peg Alston talks about William T. Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Peg Alston talks about Al Loving
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Peg Alston talks about Howardena Pindell
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Peg Alston describes African American art galleries in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Peg Alston describes the broadening audience for black art
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Peg Alston describes the National Black Fine Art Show
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Peg Alston describes her hopes for the Peg Alston Fine Arts Gallery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Peg Alston recalls promoting the artwork of Norman Lewis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Peg Alston reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Peg Alston talks about her selection as HistoryMaker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Peg Alston reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Peg Alston describes her vocation in art
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Peg Alston narrates her photographs