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Phoebe Beasley

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Collage 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

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

Collage artist Phoebe Beasley was born on June 3, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio to Annette Davis Beasley and George Author Beasley, Jr. Beasley has two other siblings; she has one brother, George Author Beasley III and one sister, Annette Joyce Beasley Coleman. When Beasley was seven years old, her mother who was seven months pregnant died of a heart attack at twenty-nine years of age; her father, later remarried. During her early years, Beasley developed an interest in being an artist. During high school, Beasley received extensive artistic training. In 1961, she entered Ohio University, where she completed her B.F.A. degree in painting, with a minor in education, graduating in June of 1965. She later earned her M.A. degree from Kent State University.

In 1968, Beasley married Louie Gene Evans Jr; the union ended in divorce in 1969. It was during those years that Beasley's artistic efforts increased, culminating in the opening of a store front studio. She specialized in oils-on-canvas, as well as prints and collages. Her reputation as an artist grew, and she began meeting celebrities, including the legendary NBA player Bill Russell. It was through that relationship that she was introduced to Dr. Maya Angelou, who later became her mentor. Beasley simultaneously began a second career in radio marketing. She eventually worked more than twenty-five years in the radio industry.

Throughout the years, Beasley has become a world-renowned artist whose works are featured in the homes of Oprah Winfrey, Anita Baker, Dr. William Burke and Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Tavis Smiley, Byron Allen, Grant Hill, Marla Gibbs, Roger Penske, Tyler Perry and Bill Cosby. Beasley’s commissions include being the official artist of the 1987 and 2000 Los Angeles Marathons, the 100 Black Men National Convention and the 2000 National Democratic Convention. Beasley became the first African American female president of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Beasley’s work honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution.

Phoebe Beasley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 18, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Phoebe Beasley's interview
  • 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