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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Visual Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/23/1943
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Visual Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/23/1943
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Artist Queen Brooks was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 23, 1943 to Hattie Owens and Pomp Brooks. She graduated from East High School in 1971. After working for Central Ohio Transit Authority, Brooks apprenticed under Columbus photographer Kojo Kamau and began working at the J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center as an arts and crafts instructor in 1980. While at the Ashburn Youth Center, Brooks discovered the art of pyrography or wood burning. Brooks then went back to school and graduated from Ohio State University with her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in art in 1990 and 1992, respectively. In 1993, Brooks won the Lila Wallace, Reader’s Digest International Artist Award, which granted her a residency in the French port city of Abidjan in the Republic of the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Brooks then served as an adjunct professor in art instruction at Otterbein University from 1995 to 2002 and then at Ohio Dominican University from 2002 to 2006. In 2008, Brooks was hired as the lead artist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art in the Houseprogram.

Her work has been featured in Essence magazine and twice in the International Review of African American Art, and other publications. Brooks also created the portal entrance for the Kwanzaa Playground, Ohio’s first African-centered playground in Columbus, Ohio. Through a project grant from the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Brooks, working with middle and high school students, designed and painted a mural at Columbus’ Krumm park area.

Brooks’ art has been exhibited at numerous sites throughout Ohio, and her works are in collections across the United States and in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa.

Her work is among collections held in the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio Dominican and Otterbein universities as well as the King Art Complex, Columbus, Ohio.

Brooks has also won numerous awards for her artwork, including the Ohioana Career Award in 2008, the highest recognition bestowed on an artist in the state of Ohio. She has earned distinction the Arts Freedom Award designee and an Arts Midwest National Endowment of the Arts Award in 2004 and 1994, respectively. Brooks also won the Excellence in the Arts Award from Ohio State University.

Queen Brooks was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 3, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Queen Brooks' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Queen Brooks lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Queen Brooks describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Queen Brooks describes the Blackberry Patch community in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Queen Brooks describes her mother's education and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Queen Brooks talks about her father's military service in World War I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Queen Brooks remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Queen Brooks describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Queen Brooks talks about the origin of her name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Queen Brooks describes her household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Queen Brooks remembers her parents' boarders
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Queen Brooks describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Queen Brooks describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Queen Brooks remembers being molested at the Pythian Theater in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Queen Brooks recalls her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Queen Brooks recalls her influences at St. Dominic's School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Queen Brooks describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Queen Brooks describes her early art education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Queen Brooks describes East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Queen Brooks recalls her influences at East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Queen Brooks remembers her involvement in the Girls Athletic Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Queen Brooks recalls her preparation for college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Queen Brooks remembers her first commissioned artwork
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Queen Brooks recalls enrolling at Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Queen Brooks talks about the birth of her son
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Queen Brooks talks about her experiences of childhood sexual abuse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Queen Brooks recalls her employment after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Queen Brooks remembers meeting Kojo Kamau
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Queen Brooks recalls her mentors at the Kojo Photo Art Studio in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Queen Brooks remembers the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Queen Brooks talks about her commitment to her art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Queen Brooks recalls her decision to attend art school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Queen Brooks describes her artistic influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Queen Brooks talks about the lack of black arts education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Queen Brooks remembers The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Queen Brooks talks about Barbara Chavous
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Queen Brooks describes the network of African American artists in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Queen Brooks recalls opening the Art Genesis gallery in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Queen Brooks describes her transition from photography to mixed media art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Queen Brooks talks about her philosophy of art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Queen Brooks talks about the black aesthetic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Queen Brooks describes the themes of her artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Queen Brooks talks about the financial aspects of being an artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Queen Brooks describes the influence of African American folk art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Queen Brooks recalls her trip to Cote d'Ivoire
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Queen Brooks recalls her experiences in Cote d'Ivoire, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Queen Brooks recalls her experiences in Cote d'Ivoire, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Queen Brooks recalls her research on the crafts of Cote d'Ivoire
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Queen Brooks reflects upon her experiences in Cote d'Ivoire
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Queen Brooks recalls her teaching positions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Queen Brooks reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Queen Brooks shares her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Queen Brooks describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Queen Brooks reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Queen Brooks reflects upon her family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Queen Brooks reflects upon her family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Queen Brooks recalls her father's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Queen Brooks recalls her mother's opinion of her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Queen Brooks describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Queen Brooks narrates her photographs