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Shirley Ann Woodson Reid

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Art Education Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Corn (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Lord Have Mercy.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1936
Birth Location:
Pulaski, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Art Education Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Corn (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Lord Have Mercy.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1936
Birth Location:
Pulaski
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Biography

Artist and educator Shirley Woodson Reid was born on March 3, 1936 in Pulaski, Tennessee. Her father, Claude Elwood Woodson, worked for contractor Abraham McKissack, a relative of Reid’s mother, Celia Trotter Woodson. Attending Columbia Elementary School and Sherrill Elementary School, Reid captained the cheerleaders and graduated from Chadsey High School in 1954. She earned her B.F.A. degree from Wayne State University in 1958 and her M.A. degree from the same university in 1966. While attending MacDowell Artist Colony on a fellowship, Reid met her husband, Edsel B. Reid. In 1970, Reid attended the Conference on the Functional Aspects of Black Art (CONFABA) at Northwestern University.

Reid worked as an art education specialist in the Highland Park (Michigan) School District from 1966 to 1992. An art education professor at Wayne State University from 1996 to 2000, Reid started serving as art education supervisor for the Detroit Public Schools in 1992. She also served as director of the Pyramid Art Gallery from 1979 to 1980. Sought after as an art historian, Reid has been interviewed by the Detroit media many times since 1972 and has contributed to scores of newspaper and magazine articles.

Since 1974, Reid has been a member of the national executive board of the National Conference of Artists and in 1997 she was elected president of the Michigan chapter. A board member of the Ellington White Project, Reid is also a member of the Detroit Art Teachers Association, College Art Association, National Art Education Association and the Michigan Art Education Association. Reid’s paintings of African American life are a part of 22 collections housed by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Museum of the National Center for Afro American Artists (Boston), Detroit Edison, the Toledo Art Commission, Florida A&M University and Seagrams. She has two sons, Khari and Senghor Reid.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirley Ann Woodson Reid's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her maternal grandparents' homes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her mother's childhood on a farm in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls her maternal uncles' work in the mines of West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her mother's unfulfilled desire to attend college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her father's high schools in Pulaski and Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls how her parents met at a picnic in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls her mother's enjoyment of farm work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her childhood household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls moving to Detroit, Michigan in 1936
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about attending St. Stephen A.M.E. Church in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls her interest in art as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about her teachers in elementary school in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls studying art at Chadsey High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about her school report on Harriet Tubman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her religious extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes the Detroit Institute of Arts museum youth program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls her lack of exposure to African American artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls studying art at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls her perspective on the murder of Emmett Till in 1955
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes how her artistic interest developed at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls learning about African American art in 1966
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls meeting Richard Hunt at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her gradual awakening to African American art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes how her art changed after visiting Europe in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Shirley Ann Woodson describes her experiences as an African American woman in Europe in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about Cedric Dover's book 'American Negro Art'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes Romare Bearden's influence on her art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about creating art with African American subjects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid reflects upon her artistic style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls seeing saxophonists John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders perform together in Detroit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about teaching a course on black art and music at Highland Park Community College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about the book 'The Vanguard Artist' and its oversight of black artists in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes HistoryMaker Howardena Pindell's research on the exclusion of black artists from museums in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes the market for African American art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid recalls the Conference on the Functional Aspects of Black Art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about art education in Detroit Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about her ancestor series
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about purchasing art by the African American painter, Jacob Lawrence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid talks about where her artwork is collected
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes her masterpieces
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid reflects upon the importance of visual art
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Shirley Ann Woodson Reid narrates her photographs