BRENT H. BAILER (1945 – 2015): Born July 12, 1945 in Washington D.C. In 1947, his family relocated to Addisleigh Park, Queens. Bailer began his art education at the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Bailer graduated from the School of Visual Arts where he studied fine art and illustration under a full scholarship. Early career highlights include Art Director for a book publishing company and Muralist for the Board of Education in New York City. National recognition came from his courtroom drawings for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) working with Barbra Walters and covering high-profile trials for former Beatle John Lennon and first-lady Jacqueline Onassis, and as an illustrator for a wide range of magazines including Black Enterprise. In the 1970s, Bailer worked in advertising as a freelance sketch man for such renowned advertising agencies as J. Walter Thompson, BBDO, and Young & Rubicam. He was the first African American full-time freelancer during that time. Brent Bailer volunteered his talent for such nonprofits as the United Negro College Fund and the Louis Armstrong Memorial Projects in posters for their fundraising events. He designed album covers for musical artists, set designs, and storyboards for numerous TV commercials. During this time he continued to create and sell his fine art oil and pastel paintings and was a member of the Pastel Society. Brent received many awards and prizes for his pastels over the years at art shows throughout the country. His “Midtown on a Rainy Night” won First Place in the Oil/Acrylic/Patel painting category at the Washington Square Park Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York. Brent Bailer won First Place in pastels at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in Mystic, Connecticut, and best in show award at the annual Southwest Black Fine Arts Show held at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas which currently exhibiting his work.
CHARLES BIBLE (Deceased): Born in 1937, Charles Bible's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1950s. During the Post War period, New York City became the global focus for Modernism. Throughout the Second World War, many artists had made their way to the city after having fled in exile from Europe, which culminated in a merging and amalgamation of talent and ideas. Whilst in New York, influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists, and influenced cultural development in the United States for many decades that followed. Important artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clifford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been celebrated, amongst many other female creatives.
NANCY BRANDON: Is a native New Yorker. She is a self-taught artist and is appreciative of the joy in her life and she tries to bring visual joy to the eye of her paintings. She counts among her influences, Picasso, Matisse, the expressionists, and the inspiration received from the many young people that she has taught over the years. Brandon has had solo exhibitions at the Jamaica Arts Center, the Reginelli gallery, and Ions Gallery in New Orleans. She, also exhibited in group showings in New York at the Metropolitan Museum Committee show, the Cinque gallery, the Algira Art Center in New Jersey, and Purdue University. Her work is included in the late Honorable David Dinkins and Cynthia Barnes collection.
WILLIE MAE BROWN: Born and raised in Selma, Alabama during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties. Leaving Alabama in 1970, she started a life in Brooklyn, New York and has still resides there. Feeling a desire to tell her stories beyond the narrative process, Willie explored with the idea of painting her stories. These paintings followed a natural instinct to create in abstract form. Although Willie's paintings lacked external realities, the abstract shapes and textures told stories with depth and memory from her days growing up in Selma- “I believe in art, the beauty of art, the originality of art in books, vinyl, antiques, paintings, and collectibles. Willie has exhibited in New York City's Puck Building, Harlem, Art Off The Main, Corridor Gallery, Gallery 3d, Brooklyn's Borough Hall Art Gallery, and featured in the The Village Voice and Breuckelen Magazine. In her hometown of Selma, she has shown exclusively at the Selma Public Library. Her work appears in the permanent collection at the Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Willie has also been included in group shows at the Dorsey art Gallery.
RUBY FULMER BROWNE (Deceased): was a Brooklyn resident and was included in several shows at the Dorsey gallery over the years. Her works depicts life in her Brooklyn community. Her works are included in many collections in New York City.
LEO S. CARTY (1931 – 2010): Born in Harlem, New York on April 17, 1931. He became interested in art at a young age and at the age of ten received a scholarship to attend the Museum of Modern Art School for Children. In 1976, he moved to St. Croix, Virgin Islands where he lived until his death. His art often portrayed daily life and incorporates history, focusing on the Virgin Islands.
JAMES DENMARK: Born in Winter Haven, Florida, on March 23, 1936 into a family of artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother – a wire sculptor and quilt artist, by his grandfather – a bricklayer noted for his unique custom design molds – and his mother – gifted with an intuitive feeling for design and a fastidiousness for detail which she expressed in all aspects of her life. This rich beginning is the root of Denmark’s creative expression. He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida on a sports scholarship. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, Denmark came under the tutelage of the artist and acclaimed African-American art historian, Dr. Samella Lewis, who exposed him to the great traditions and accomplishments of the African-American art movement. After graduating, Denmark moved to Brooklyn, New York, and began a career as an art teacher in the public school system. In 1976, Denmark earned his Master of Fine Art degree at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Fine Art in New York. While at Pratt, he was nurtured by an immensely talented community of artists, and was heavily influenced by abstract expressionists Jackson Pollack, Clifford Still, and William DeKooning. The African-American masters Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Ernest Crichlow instilled in him an appreciation of his African-American artistic heritage, and he began experimenting with collage, along with his primary media of watercolors and charcoal. Denmark has a natural affinity for the difficult and largely improvisational medium of collage and quickly developed his own unique and easily identifiable style. With brightly hand colored papers, found papers, fabric, and objects, he creates compositions that go beyond the superficial and transitory and focus instead on what is eternal and universal. Denmark’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in such prestigious collection as that of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in rural Yemassee, South Carolina.
ELTON CLAY FAX (Deceased): Born in 1909, in Baltimore, Maryland, Elton Fax graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1926, where he was classmates with Cab Calloway. Fax attended Claflin College in Orangeburg, South Carolina, but transferred to Syracuse University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1931. Soon after college he was featured in a solo art show at the offices of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. Elton Fax taught art at the Harlem Community Art Center in New York beginning in 1934, and was involved with the Works Project Administration Federal Art Project. He wrote many books including West African Vignettes (1960), Contemporary Black Leaders (1970), Seventeen Black Artists (1972), Garvey (1972, a biography of Marcus Garvey),  Through Black Eyes: Journeys of a Black Artist to East Africa and Russia (1974), Black Artists of the New Generation (1977). From 1949 to 1956, he was a "chalk talk artist" with the New York Times Children's Book Program, meaning that as he presented stories, he also spontaneously illustrated them. Sue Bailey Thurman donated works by Elton Fax to the "Heritage Hall" at Livingstone College in 1973. He received a Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant in 1976 to travel to Italy. Other awards included the Coretta Scott King Award from the American Library Association (1972) and the Chancellor's Medal from Syracuse University in 1990. The papers of Elton Fax are at the New York Public Library, Boston University, and Syracuse University.
ERIC GIRAULT: Born in Jeremie, Haiti, December 4, 1937. In 1959, Eric moved to Port-au-Prince and met Isaa EL SAEH, who encouraged him to join the Brochette School of Arts. It was here that he me Lazard, Tiga and Cedor who became his best friends. Eric joined the Foyer-des-Arts Plastique in 1967. Two years later, he discovered his own impressionistic style. In 1973, he had his first exhibit at the Nader Art gallery. In 1976, Eric moved to the US and continued to paint and did not change his style, but he watched American lifestyle, and his work reflected it. Eric’s work has been exhibited at Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Museum, Kenkeleba gallery, Dorsey Art gallery, among others. Among his many collectors include Aristotle Onassis and Nelson Rockefeller.
DIANE GRAZETTE COLLINS: Lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. She was always “a maker.” As a child she opened her first box of crayons and her love of art began. Her acrylic and mixed media paintings “capture the feeling” of memorable moments. She layers color upon color, leaving traces of the artistic journey as part of the finished piece. She works in acrylic, pencil, paper, crayon, and objects found immediately at hand. Collins’ work has been exhibited at Gallery H, New York NY; Borough Hall, Brooklyn NY; Zion Art Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY; Fulton Art Fair, Brooklyn NY; Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Simon Liu, Brooklyn NY.
THEODORE "Teddy" GUNN (1931 – 2020): Raised primarily in the Upstate New York town of Saugerties before moving with his family to the Harlem. During a lengthy career, Gunn worked with many of New York City's most respected arts and cultural institutions. In his thirty-two-year career with Restoration, he served as the Director of the Center for Arts and Culture from 1970 to 1994. He also served as a founding trustee, acting director, and exhibition coordinator at Harlem's Studio Museum, a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Committee for Community Programs, and the board of directors of many of New York City's influential institutions, including the Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association, the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the Washington Heights Arts Show, and The Rotunda Gallery. Gunn's paintings were included in Harlem's an important early group exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
ALMA JACKSON: Unknown
MLJ JOHNSON: Born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Manhattan. Johnson is an artist, educator, exhibition coordinator and consultant. Traveling to Madrid inspired his brand “Yo People”, animated images with emphatic emotional communication. Johnson exhibited extensively in the United States, London, Paris, Spain, Puerto Rico, South America, and the African Diaspora.
CHARLOTTE KA: Originally from a small village, Crestas Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ka studied art at The Cooper Union for the advancement of Science and Art. Ka lived in New York during the Black Revolution of the 60’s and was inspired by that period of defiance “Black Power”, and the adoption of the culture of the Motherland, Africa. Ka’s current artistic concentrations are paintings, mosaics, and installations. Ka has exhibited at Kenkeleba Gallery, MoCADA, The Schomburg Center, The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, The Center of Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, and many others. Ka also exhibited internationally: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and the Ivory Coast as well as Cuba, Jamaica, and Brazil. Ka received honors that include a NYFA award in Painting and The Advancing Black Arts Grant from The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Ka created a suite of abstract paintings for that award to honor Pittsburgh's renowned musician and composer Billy Strayhorn.
VLASTIMIR KUSIK (1953 – 2018): Born in Osijek, Croatia, he studied art history and archaeology at the University of Zagreb. Kusik was trained at the Academy of Art in Zagreb. He worked as a curator of the Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek. In his professional career, Kusik wrote more than five hundred scientific papers professional essays and organized about a hundred exhibitions.
LAWRENCE LEE: New York based artist whose work has been shown at the Dorsey Art gallery.
EDWARD JAMES MARTIN – Sculptor (1931 –2013): Born on a small farm in Camden, Alabama, on September 13, 1931. Edward Martin received a B.S. degree from Tuskegee University, Alabama in Industrial Arts and Design with a concentration in furniture building, and a M.A. from Bradley University, Illinois, and studied Fine Art at NYU. Martin served in the US Army from 1953 to 1958. After leaving the army, Martin worked primarily as a furniture builder on a master-craftsman level. In 1959, he was the first African-American teacher hired by the Freeport School District on Long Island, where he taught industrial arts for 41 years. In the late 1990s, Martin spent summers in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he studied with master marble sculptor Rino Giannini. This experience directed Martin toward creating marble and wood masks in addition to his characteristic abstract geometric works. Martin was the recipient of countless awards and prizes. He exhibited at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show in Greenwich Village for over 35 years and won many First Place ribbons. Martin was a member of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. His sculptures are in numerous collections, including the Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art. Edward Martin created a commissioned sculpture – a Vermont white-marble piece entitled “Towel and Basin” which now on permanent display in the rotunda of the United Church of Christ headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.
VIVIAN McDUFFIE (nee Reynolds): A New Jersey artist working professionally since 1977. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1939, and presently lives and works out of her studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Public art commissions include Light Rail Stations in Jersey City and in Wood Ridge for New Jersey Transit and a bronze memorial at The Commons in Piscataway, New Jersey. Other permanent collections include the Montclair Art Museum, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, the James E Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Bloomfield College, and St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn. One person shows include LA SUPA DE VIDA in Santiago de Cuba at Centro Provincial de Antes Plastica y Diseno, New Jersey City University, Bloomfield College, and The Fine Arts Gallery at Georgia State University Perimeter campus. Selected Group shows include The Newark Museum, the Jersey City Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Aljira in Newark, Yamgoma Gallery in Washington DC and Clock Tower Gallery, Cinque Gallery, Lever House and Columbia University all in New York City.
LOUIS MIMS (Deceased): Louis ran the Hobby Shop a popular program with the inmate population, teaching arts and crafts. Set up exhibitions of inmates, and sales of artwork to the facilities Staff. He was a member of the Dorsey Art family and was included in numerous Art Shows at the gallery. Louis received a BFA/MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Pratt Institute.
AL MUBIM: Unknown
ADEMOLA OLUGEBEFOLA: One of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective in 1965 and the first Educational Director of the WEUSI Academy of African Arts and Studies in 1969. He is a highly respected cultural activist and renowned Harlem artist, whose art and career papers are in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hatch-Billops Archives, Howard University, and scores of other American institutions. He is one of the Executive Producers of the forthcoming landmark film, “Drama Mamas: Black Female Theatre Directors in the Spotlight and Remembered.” For over the past four decades, Ademola has lived and worked in Harlem. His current residency at the Chashama Harlem Studios, in the artist’s words: “…has been a great creative experience and provides me with critical workspace and prolific incentive to expand my longstanding interest in the exploration of pure color and form in painting.” His work is in numerous collections of prominent Harlemites, and individual collectors and institutions internationally.
DIONIS ORTIZ: Born in 1979, New York, NY. Ortiz is a multimedia artist, community art producer, and educator who works in printmaking, collage, and sculpture. Drawing from his experiences as a child born and raised in Harlem of Dominican descent, he creates geometric, process-based works from ill-regarded and found materials to celebrate the people of the diaspora. He was a participant in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, received a Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant, and has been an Artist in Residence at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. He has produced several solo exhibitions in New York and his work was recently included in Estamos bien: La Trienal 20/21 at El Museo Del Barrio (New York). Community engagement is central to his practice and he has produced projects for Harlem River Park Fund, Museum of Art and Design, and ImageNation. This community work extends to teaching and Ortiz teaches all ages from pre-K to teenagers and undergraduates at Hunter College. This year, he is in residence at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling and his mural design was selected by Public Color for an elementary
school in East Harlem. His work has been featured in The New York Times several times and is included in Latinx Art: Artists, Market, and Politics. Dionis has exhibited in many including the 2020 Heaven and Earth, Empty Set, Bronx, NY, 2019 Inception, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Among others, he has also shown at the Dorsey art gallery in Brooklyn.
JOHN QUATES: Born in Evergreen Alabama.
JAMES RICH: Unknown
ENID RICHARDSON MOORE: A Harlem resident and has been painting for many years. Her subject manner ranges from children, Caribbean scenes and life in her community of Harlem. She has been included in several shows at the Dorsey Art Gallery over the years. Her works are included in many collections throughput New York City.
RAY ROLSTON (Deceased): Born in British Guyana, a small English-speaking country nestled on South America’s North Atlantic coast. Growing up amid dense rainforest, with an infinite tropical climate, trade winds and bright sunsets, Inspired him to be a naturalist. At an early age, he started painting the landscapes surrounding his hometown. The many waterfalls and rivers of the region became the subject of his works of art as a young adult. After migrating to the US and spending 3 decades in New York City & South Florida, he relocated to The Florida Keys. Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Gulf on the west and the Atlantic on the east, Ray called Key West his home for more than twenty years.
DORETHEA SCOTT (Deceased): Was a Brooklyn resident and has been painting for many years. She has shown at the Dorsey Art gallery along with her husband Robert Scott who is also an artist.
Z. CHARLOTTE SHERMAN: a painter, printmaker, sculptor, who was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, California. The style of her work is Abstract Impressionism and Expressionism. Her preferred mediums are oils, watercolors, pen and ink, printmaking (etchings & lithographs) and bronze sculpture. She studied at UCLA, Otis Art Institute where she earned three scholarship award, and the Kann Art Institute. She also studied at UCLA, doing a graduate work in art with Rico Lebrun and Keith Finch. For many, charlotte has been affiliated with the Heritage Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She has been an avid
supporter of Lawrence Dorsey and the Dorsey’s Art gallery.
ERNANI SILVA: Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva developed a distinctive style focusing on abstraction with Brazilian and African elements, rich with vibrant colors reflecting the Brazilian cultural influence of African, Indian, and European descent. His work also reflects his native community, where Samba, Boss nova, and the women from Ipanema originated. Growing up in a settlement originally populated by African runaway slaves, Silva came to discover that being an artist was his calling. Silva ran away from home to Bahia, “the backdoor of Yoruba and Condomble”, as he calls it, a reference to the African based religion and its ceremonies and rituals. Silva’s works are mystical, filled with the rhythm of Brazil and infused with tremendous color. Ernani produce work in series and is particularly known for his “Carnival” and “Women against the Wind” series. Private collectors: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Edward Kennedy, late actress Ruby Dee, House of Dereon Designer Tina Knowles, actor Andy Garcia and Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson
NICOLE TITUS: Is an artist, writer, and humanitarian born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She came to the United States with her family when she was in her early teens, and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where she still lives. She is the author of several books in print, such as Akin To No One, and The Prisoner of Jacmel. Her novel, Akin To No One, has been used to teach social justice at the university level, and her dramatic play, The Prisoner of Jacmel, deals with the aftermath of events which took place in Haiti after 88 children died in 1996 after ingesting cough syrup contaminated in China. Nicole Titus has started e-publishing recently, and has made available to the public, her play, Escape and Abandonment, her children’s books Going To The Restaurant: Proper Etiquette For Young People, The Golden Orb, and The Legend Of Kwame-Kwamo. As a linguist Nicole Titus has translated several important works and documents into Haitian Creole, including three dialogues of Plato. As a humanitarian Nicole Titus is interested in eradicating illiteracy in her homeland of Haiti and concentrates her efforts in ways to do that. In 2008 she was the featured speaker and guest of honor at the International Center in New York for the celebration of Immigrant Heritage week. She has appeared in various newspapers including in the Daily News in January 2010.
DAVID G. WILSON: Born in December 1953 in Dominica, West Indies. He has been painting and drawing from childhood. He immigrated to the United States in September of 1976. Wilson is a self- taught artist who, never having studied art in a formal classroom setting, seeks inspiration from his numerous visits to museums. Wilson has always been interested in art since childhood and credits his late mother,) with the initial spark of inspiration for the style in which he now paints. Wilson calls his style; Anthropomorphic Perception: An exercise in Ultra-perceptive plausible juxtaposition;. He claim that he can perceive an alternative reality in whatever image he beholds. These alternative realities that he finds when he contemplates an image are strategically and plausibly juxtaposed commonplace objects that he calls mnemonic objects. By juxtaposing these objects in as realistic a manner as they are experienced in his paintings, he can create a three-dimensional illusion which produces the alternative reality- the hidden image. Wilson says that his work also seeks to demonstrate the existence of a parallel universe that the viewer can then train his eyes to see. He uses the two-dimensional nature of the canvas and the three-dimensional illusion of traditional representational painting to fool the viewer's eyes into perceiving co-existing and interdependent realities. He has extended this technique of perception to show the hidden images that he has found in many an old master painting, including some by Leonardo, Raphael, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, s and many more. David had shown with the Long Island Black Artist and at Dorsey’s Art gallery, among others. His works are included in many collections in the US and the Caribbean.
ALICE BEACH WINTER (1877 – 1970): Born in Greenridge, Missouri, Alice Beach Winter was a painter, sculptor, and illustrator and was especially known for her child portraits and illustration genre for children's magazines. She was raised in St. Louis and was a student for six years at the St. Louis School of Fine Art, where she received high honors. She also studied for one year at the Art Students League in New York with John Twachtman, Joseph DeCamp, and George deForest Brush. Exhibition venues included the Pennsylvania Academy, St. Louis Exposition of 1897, the Carnegie Institute, and National Association of Women Artists.