|When President Clinton presented the Ambassadors of the Diplomatic
Corps with one of Beasley's monoprints entitled Clinton Inaugural in
1993, it was the second time she received the coveted Presidential Seal
on her artwork. The first time was in 1989 when she was commissioned to
do the "Official Artwork" for the inauguration of President Bush -
thus, making her the only artist to twice receive the honor.
has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and
abroad, and was honored by the State Department for her participation
in the Arts in Embassies Program.
artwork was part of two museum exhibitions including, a group show
mounted by the Smithsonian Institution entitled "In The Spirit of
Martin", honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a
touring exhibition, "Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection". A
four month long exhibition at the Kansas African American Museum and a
solo exhibition at the M. Hanks Gallery, accompanied by a comprehensive
catalogue, capped the artist's 2005 season.
will be included in an upcoming touring museum exhibition entitled
Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces based on the life and work of
President Lincoln, scheduled to open in 2008. Solo exhibitions in 2008
include the Hearne Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock and the M. Hanks
Gallery in Santa Monica.
Beasley completed a collaboration
with Dr. Maya Angelou in which she created several serigraphs from
poems by Langston Hughes for a limited edition book. Dr. Angelou
selected the poems and titled the masterful compilation, Sunrise is
Coming After While, and then wrote the forwards on Hughes and Beasley.
Additional Commissioned Projects include:
- "Commemorative Artwork" FraserNet Power Networking Conference (2004)
- "Official Artwork" Democratic National Convention (2000)
- "Artist for the Launch" AMISTAD Schooner. Mystic Seaport, CT. (2000)
- "Official Artist" Los Angeles Marathon (2000)
- "Official Artwork" National Conference for The 100 Black Men, Inc. (1999)
- "Absolut Beasley" Magazine Ad (1994)
- "Absolut Vodka Outdoor Billboard (1993)
- "Commemorative Artwork" 20th Anniversary of Essence Magazine (1990)
- Commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for "Women of Brewster Place" TV Special (1989)
- "Official Artwork " National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Campaign (1987)
- Created Tennis Trophy and Medal. Summer Olympic Games (1984)
and corporate collectors include: National Public Library, University
of Texas, California African American Museum, New York City Library,
Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Cooper Union, Southern
University, Brigham Young University, Mystic Seaport Museum,
Colgate-Palmolive, Fisk University, The Gillette Company, Magic Johnson
Enterprises, Hanes Hosiery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Absolut
Vodka, City of Los Angeles, Johnson Publishing Company, Kansas African
American Museum, Broadway Federal Bank and the Denver Broncos Football
Some private collectors include: Oprah Winfrey, Dr.
Maya Angelou, Roger Penske, Bill Russell, Samuel L. and LaTanya R.
Richardson, Mike and Corky Hale-Stoller, Byron Allen, Clarence and
Jacqueline Avant, Marla Gibbs, Linda Johnson-Rice, Bernard and Shirley
Kinsey, Atty. Peter and Linda Bynoe, James and Mary Bell, Desiree
Rogers, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Ken
Lombard and Pat Harvey-Lombard, Barbara Bowles, Grant Hill, Bill and
Brenda Galloway, Bettye Dixon, Abe Thompson, Sandra Baccus, Wanda
McKenzie, Atty. Marc and Tegra Little, Reuben Cannon, Howard Greenberg
Gallery/NYC, Charles and Anne Johnson, Atty. Karol Mason, Dr. Ruth
Love, Allen W. Warren, Lyle and Shawnelle Logan, Rena Bransten
Gallery/San Francisco, Jacquie Wilkinson, Stella Jones Gallery/New
Orleans, Jerry and Debra Turner-Carrington, Atty. Dennis and Precious
Dowdell, Jr., Anita Baker, John and Vicki Palmer-Roman, Dr. M.J.
Hewitt, Ron and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, George and Jean Fraser, Chris
and Tara Brancato, Dr. William Burke and County Supervisor Yvonne B.
Burke, Tavis Smiley, Earl and Barbara Graves, Sr. and Tyler Perry.
2005, Beasley received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma
mater, Ohio University, and she delivered the Commencement Address in
the morning and afternoon ceremonies to over 3000 graduates.
currently serves as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts
Commission in the most populated county in the nation with over 10
Million people and eighty-eight cities.
She also is on
the Board of Directors of the Story Project Foundation, (an
after-school program founded and chaired by actress/philathropist Dina
Merrill and her husband Ted Hartley, the owners of RKO Pictures), the
Los Angeles Executive Advisory Board of the United Negro College Fund,
the Board of the Transportation Foundation of Los Angeles, The
Trusteeship (Southern California Women's Forum) and Instructor/Mentor
working, nationally, with Victoria Rowell and her Rowell Foster
Children Positive Plan to help students achieve self-esteem through the
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