Renowned sculptor and painter Geraldine McCollough was born Geraldine Hamilton on December 1, 1917 in Kingston, Arkansas, and raised in Chicago from the time she was three years old. McCullough attended the Art Institute of Chicago for undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving her B.A. degree in 1948 and her M.A. degree in art education in 1955. As a student, she earned a John D. Standecker Scholarship, a Memorial Scholarship and a Figure Painting Citation.
After completing her graduate studies, McCullough taught art at Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago. She also began exhibiting her paintings at various national galleries, receiving first prize in 1961 at the Art Exhibit of Atlanta University. Continue reading
(July 1, 1945 â€“ June 9, 2009)
Philemon Timothy Reid was an African American Artist and recipient of a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from North Portlandâ€™s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.
Reidâ€™s love for blues and jazz, particularly musicians John Coltrane, Miles Davis and singers Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, was reflected in his colorful paintings and sculptures. Although Reidâ€™s only formal art training was in high school, he developed his own unique style that was heavily influenced by Cubism and the artist Picasso.
â€œPhilemon is part of an artistic movement that took hold in the 1970s that laid the foundation for Portlandâ€™s creative identity today,â€� according to Adrienne Flagg, creative director of North Portlandâ€™s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, where Reidâ€™s art is prominently displayed. The IFCCâ€™s dance studio exclusively showcases his early work. Continue reading