Browse Interviews 18 total

  • Collection: Each in Their Own Voice: African American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005

Artist Michaelangelo Lovelace (b. Michael Anthony Lovelace) discusses his personal background and career; including details on his family and art education, and insights on the intersection of art and race. Lovelace, a native Clevelander, describes the formative moments of his life, including his first encounters with racism, the mentorship of…

Photographer Anthony Mahone discusses his life and art. Born and raised Cleveland, Ohio, Mahone spent much of his early adulthood elsewhere; first, while attending a military academy in North Dakota, and later traveling to Europe and Africa. The bulk of Mahone's education was in the state of Ohio (at Cleveland State and Ohio State Universities),…

Artist Kevin Snipes discusses his life and art. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Snipes and his family moved to Cleveland, OH in the 1960s. Snipes distinguished himself as an artist at an early age in the public schools of Cleveland and Shaker Heights. After leaving Cleveland to attend Carnegie Mellon University, the artist returned to Cleveland to…

Artist Moe Brooker discusses his life and career. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Brooker came to Cleveland in 1979 to teach at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he became that school's first full-time African-American instructor. Shortly after arriving in Cleveland, Brooker won top honors at the prestigious May Show, overcoming the common…

Mansfield native, Kevin Everson, talks about discovering his artistic ability in college and his interest in photography and film. Everson admired the discipline and creativity of his art professors, and decided that he wanted to earn a living by teaching and creating art. He attended Akron University and then entered the Masters Program at Ohio…

Artist Cushmere Bell describes his life and career. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Bell knew he wanted to be an artist at an early age. An early interest in comics and a "part-time job" of drawing commissioned sports scenes from the covers of Sports illustrated magazine for classmates typified his earliest artistic activities. After "discovering…

Film-maker, Robert C. Banks, Jr. discusses his life and career. A lifelong Clevelander, Banks attended the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA), where he learned many of the fundamentals of art and film. Despite having spent some years pursuing higher education at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland state University, and elsewhere, Banks…

Miller Horns' artistic ability helped him to cope with dyslexia in elementary school, the teachers allowed him to draw while others had lessons. Mark Sopliln at U of Akron, encouraged him to study art at the college level. He was accepted at CIA and spent five years commuting by Greyhound bus from Akron to Cleveland to attend school. His education…

David Buttram, local Cleveland artist, talks about his childhood desire to draw cartoons and how art in school served as an outlet, since he did not feel he excelled academically. His mother did not encourage him to be an artist, but an art teacher in school did. Buttram now teaches high school art, as well as working as an artist. A thirteen month…

Artist Lawrence Baker discusses his life and career. Born in Jacksonville Florida in 1947, Baker moved to Cleveland in the late 1960s. Baker's early education lacked art programs, so Baker always looked over his brother's shoulder for art inspiration. Art is Baker's own endeavor, and he considers himself as the sole motivator for his artwork. Baker…

Artist Virgie Patton-Ezelle, a native Clevelander, discusses her life and career as an artist. Ms. Patton-Ezelle describes the earliest recognition of her artistic ability and its impact on her identity. She notes individuals who encouraged her to pursue art as a professional, especially her teacher at John Hay High School, Mrs. Shidoba; artist…

Artist John L. Moore discusses his life and art. Born on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio in 1939, Moore attended East High School and took art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art before attending Cuyahoga Community College, and later Kent State University, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Art. The artist discusses his experiences at these…

Al Bright has been driven since childhood by his art, "a force inside him." He describes a childhood incident with racism, which taught him the feeling of "nothingness." The incident did not leave him hating white people, but did lead him to read philosophy, which has influenced his art. Bright won Junior Achievement award in high school, met CEO…

Artist Mark Howard discusses his personal background and career; including his family and art education. Howard, born in Newark New Jersey, realized he had artistic abilities as a young child. With early encouragement from his mother, who provided Howard with his only real inspiration, Howard pursued his interests in drawing and had an "insatiable"…

Artist Johnny Coleman discusses his personal background and career as an artist. Coleman was born in Saugus Massachusetts, and grew up in Redlands California. Coleman believed he always had artistic ability. He believed that he could draw, therefore he considered himself an artist. Early in life, Coleman struggled as an artist, "drifting in the…

Cleveland portrait artist, Anna Arnold, discusses her love of drawing and painting as a child, encouragement from her parents and teachers, and her ambition to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art, and become a "famous Cleveland artist." She found inspiration at the Cleveland Museum of Art, especially in the work of the impressionists. Influential…

Artist Angelica Pozo discusses her personal background and development as an artist. Pozo grew up in Bronx New York and attended boarding school in Long Island. Pozo first realized she had artistic ability after receiving painting lessens in the 2nd grade. Pozo studied ceramics at Moore College of Art and Design but later enrolled at Alfred…

Artist and retired art teacher, Malcolm Brown, discusses his life and career as an artist. Brown describes the ideas and inspiration behind his landscape and seascape paintings, and details the opening and continued operation of the Malcolm Brown Gallery. The artist discusses his early work for the American Greetings Corporation, the company's…