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Phoebe Beasley

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Collage Artist
Visual Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Polish Sausage
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
The Future Is Not Some Place We Are Going To. It's Not A Destination. It's Some Place That We're Dreaming And That We're Making And That Activity Changes Both The Maker And The Destination.

Birthplace

Born:
6/3/1943
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Collage Artist
Visual Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Polish Sausage
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
The Future Is Not Some Place We Are Going To. It's Not A Destination. It's Some Place That We're Dreaming And That We're Making And That Activity Changes Both The Maker And The Destination.

Birthplace

Born:
6/3/1943
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Visual artist Phoebe Beasley was born on June 3, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Annette and George Arthur Beasley, Jr. When Beasley was seven years old, her mother died of a heart attack at twenty-nine years of age. Her father later married Mildred Gaines. After graduating from John Adams High School in 1961, Beasley entered Ohio University, where she received her B.F.A. degree in painting, with a minor in education, in 1965. She went on to study at the Art Center College of Design and the Otis Art Institute.
 
In 1965, Beasley joined Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, as an art teacher. She eventually opened a store front studio and gallery along with several artists. She specialized in oils-on-canvas, as well as prints and collages. Beasley moved to Los Angeles, California in 1969, where she worked as a layout artist at SAGE Publications for one year before joining KFI Radio. Beasley worked at KFI for twenty-nine years, eventually as senior account manager. In 1973, she established the Phoebe Beasley Art Studio; and, in 1976, she began showing at solo art exhibitions. Beasley's collage artwork was part of two major touring museum exhibitions, including a 2003 group show mounted by the Smithsonian Institution entitled In the Spirit of Martin , honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a museum show entitled Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces in 2008. Beasley’s works are also featured in the homes of Oprah Winfrey, Anita Baker, Dr. William Burke and Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Dr. Maya Angelou, LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson, Tavis Smiley, Byron Allen, Grant Hill, Marla Gibbs, Roger Penske and Tyler Perry.

Beasley’s commissions include being the official artist of the 1987 and 2000 Los Angeles Marathons, the 1999 National Convention of the 100 Black Men of America, and the 2000 National Democratic Convention. She is the only artist commissioned to do the inaugural artwork for two U.S. presidents; first, in 1989, for the inauguration of President George Bush; and, in 1993, for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

In 1977, Beasley became the first Black woman to be appointed president of American Women in Radio and Television. In 1997, she joined the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and served for over ten years. In 2105, she was appointed to the California Arts Council.

Beasley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 18, 2007 and November 18, 2019.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Phoebe Beasley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Phoebe Beasley describes her parents' birthdates and birthplaces
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Phoebe Beasley describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Phoebe Beasley lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Phoebe Beasley remembers her mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Phoebe Beasley describes her the role of religion in her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phoebe Beasley describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Phoebe Beasley recalls her early family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Phoebe Beasley describes her parents' roles at Manakiki Golf and Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Phoebe Beasley remembers segregation in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Phoebe Beasley remembers her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Phoebe Beasley describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Phoebe Beasley describes her childhood chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Phoebe Beasley remembers Sundays with her paternal grandparents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Phoebe Beasley remembers Sundays with her paternal grandparents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Phoebe Beasley describes her early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Phoebe Beasley describes her relationship with her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Phoebe Beasley describes her relationship with her brother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Phoebe Beasley talks about her tall stature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Phoebe Beasley remembers the day her mother died
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Phoebe Beasley remembers the impact of her mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Phoebe Beasley describes her experiences following her mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Phoebe Beasley describes her father's second marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Phoebe Beasley describes her sister's lawsuit against their father
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Phoebe Beasley describes her relationship with her stepmother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Phoebe Beasley describes her decision to study art at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Phoebe Beasley describes her experiences at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Phoebe Beasley recalls the riot at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Phoebe Beasley reflects upon the impact of racial discrimination on children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Phoebe Beasley talks about her first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Phoebe Beasley remembers her art career in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Phoebe Beasley describes her relationship with Maya Angelou, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Phoebe Beasley describes her relationship with Maya Angelou, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Phoebe Beasley describes her position at KFI Radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Phoebe Beasley talks about the supporters of her early art career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Phoebe Beasley remembers Maya Angelou's promotion of her artwork
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Phoebe Beasley describes her work with Oprah Winfrey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Phoebe Beasley describes her work with Oprah Winfrey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Phoebe Beasley describes her work with Oprah Winfrey, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Phoebe Beasley talks about her painting, 'Executive Order 9981,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Phoebe Beasley talks about her painting, 'Executive Order 9981,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Phoebe Beasley reflects upon her body of artwork
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Phoebe Beasley recalls being commissioned by Tyler Perry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Phoebe Beasley recalls being commissioned by Tyler Perry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Phoebe Beasley describes her relationship with Earl G. Graves, Sr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Phoebe Beasley describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Phoebe Beasley describes the book 'Sunrise Is Coming After While'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Phoebe Beasley talks about her artwork commissions from presidents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Phoebe Beasley reflects upon her life