ArtyTCbeing My creative ritual begins with contemplation, a meditation on the form.

Age: 69
Hometown: Chicago
Accepts Commissions: Yes
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Number of Visits: 5722

Background and Lifestyle

Smoker Yes
Drinker Yes
Education Post grad
Children Proud parent

Interests and Personality

BiographyArlene was the 1st African American to be confirmed with a Masters of Science in Art Education from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art. While living in Indianapolis, her visual statements were seen on the 1st Indianapolis Black Expo Program Booklet and as part of the mural project “Urban Walls”. In 1982, as Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of NCA, Arlene chaired the planning committee for the 25th Anniversary Conference which was held in Chicago in 1983. Arlene is currently an Executive Board member of the African American Arts Alliance; a founding member of the Sutherland Community Arts Initiative and Sapphire & Crystals, an African American women’s artist collective. In addition to her creative efforts, she is a wife, mother, University administrator and friend. Visit my other website at
InterestsI am an image-maker; a maker of images of Black people. These people populate my consciousness in the future perfect tense. I create using Black aesthetic principles in my process: Frontality of form; rhythm; harmony of rich and vibrant color, with self-determination and the kinky-ness in our ideas. I make images that address our past, our now, and our hope for a humanity that forces life, growth and power. The paintings, drawings and assemblages I create, attempt to manifest for the viewer a sense of who we are and who we hope to be.
MusicI fill my ears with music, when creating because I believe our music is our most successful art form. Within our music lays the keys to the “BLACK” creative psychology. Jazz is my preferred muse; it is spontaneous, immediate, inventive, profound and very much connected to our power.
Heroes“`I Am because We Are’ was a hue and cry seen in several works by AfriCobra artists. This message conveys to me a role and purpose for my creativity. The African aesthetic is grounded in purpose; the African term for art is not separated from function. Within the Black Arts Movement the image-makers functioned for cultural nationalism. Our art should help us define ourselves, identify our customs and values and direct us to higher consciousness.”


* “21st Century Stele”, JH Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 2006 * “Hoo Doo Too the art of A. Turner-Crawford” African-American Cultural Center, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 2006 * “Soul of a Woman”, South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago 2005 * Studio Art Faculty Show, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago 2005, 2004 & 2003 * Chicago Art Open 2003, Chicago Coalition of Artists * “Flights of Imagination: Artist-Made Kites”, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 2003 * “The Art of Culture”, Exhibition and Catalogue, Africa International House, South Shore Cultural Center & eta Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago 2003 * Women’s History Month Exhibit, Sapphire & Crystals Artists Collective, South Shore Cultural Center * “Goddess, Mentors & Other Heroes”, Chicago Artist’s Month Exhibit, ARC Gallery, Chicago 2001

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Hi Arlene, Wow I am definitely coming back for a real visit later!!! thanks again for your comments..XXXX blaze


Great Creations!I think Black American Eagle & I Am That I AM are just fantastic. Thanks Jose


Hey. Keep art alive! Your artwork is inspiring! Please add more images. Your generation helped create the path for us young black folk. Thanks. Peace & Blessings.


Susuie, one of the friends listed at your site, is ill. A get well letter would do her heart good and cheer her up a bit. We live in a world that does not apriciate art. We must care for eachother. So leave a post on he board if you have time. L John TOX


funny, i have been on this site for a few months and just happened to see your work thru a message you had left for another artist.. love your work.. i see you are from chicago, which has/had a strong mural heritage thru out.. i see alot of history of mural painting from that area in your work.. welcome to this site.. i am lovin it.. peace..


brilliant style, nets


hello artist, your art is amazing and stunning .....keep up the good work !!! Bravo !

stylllyfe ( Deleted user )

Up from 47th Street brings back memories of when I lived in Chi...keep 'em commin


your work is very evocative- stunning


Very very strong work !! would love to see some up front and personal, thks for your visit and comments.

Helen ( Deleted user )

Thanks. Love your work, it's pretty cool.

CreateReality ( Deleted user )

I love "I Am That I AM". Great eyes and lips.


I with pleasure have got acquainted with your creativity. I shall be glad to show you my ENAMEL MOSAIC and to receive your response. Andrey

jh ( Deleted user )

Hi Arlene, thanks for being a friend, your work gives great insight.


Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to becoming better acquainted with your work and you...


Hi Welcome to Map, love your mixed media art and the use of vibrant colour tones, best wishes Laurez.


Hello...Welcome to the site. Wow...I really love your work "The Breath of Her Voice front cover ". Take a look in my gallery, if possible. Regards! Nando Martins


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Welcome! Nice artwork.