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Queen Brooks: A Letter to Myself

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until September 3, 2021 12:00 am

Born in 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, Queen Brooks graduated from East High School in 1971 and, through the inspiration of her friend and mentor, Columbus Photographer Kojo Kamau, Queen became a photographer then went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees from The Ohio State University in 1990 and 1992, respectively. A mixed-media artist whose work reflects cultures, personal and human issues and spirituality, Queen won the Lila Wallace, Reader’s Digest International Artist Award, served as adjunct professor in art instruction at Otterbein University and Ohio Dominican University, won the Ohioana Career Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an Ohio artist, and was awarded the Excellence in Arts Award from The Ohio State University.

Queen’s art is among collections at Columbus Museum of Art, The King Arts Complex, Otterbein and Ohio Dominican Universities, in public murals and open spaces throughout Columbus, Ohio and is in private collections throughout the country and in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa.

The exhibition title, A Letter to Myself, came about from Queen’s frustrations and fears working through the Pandemic and hopelessness associated with George Floyd’s and others’ deaths. Queen admits to struggling through feelings of self-worth, her capabilities as an artist, feelings of mortality, and considerable isolation and loneliness (she is the only surviving member of her biological family). With her artistic inspirations stalled, apparent Civil Rights eroding and the pandemic looming, Queen became stuck in a spiral of depression, she saw mere shadows of herself, and was, literally, walking in circles.

Exhibit Title: A Letter to Myself
Exhibit Dates: June 1 through September 3, 2021
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm Friday 9am-8pm and by appointment after hours/weekends
Gallery Address: 181 S Oval Drive, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210

The Faculty Club is now open to the public during regular business hours Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-7pm and selected Sundays from 10am-2pm. If you are not able to visit during those times or if you would prefer a private appointment due to Covid-19 concerns, we are also scheduling private appointments. To make an appointment, please contact Lisa Craig Morton at [email protected] or call/text 614-309-0191.

Image: Queen Brooks in her studio. Photo Credit: Doreen Dawkins

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July 30
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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