A new exhibition called Legends of Jazz! Portraits by Frederick J. Brown from the Permanent Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will open February 25, 2016 with a reception at 4 pm at the Yellow Box Gallery, located on the third floor of Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.

All members of the public are cordially welcome to attend this free event.
 
In the spirit of Black History Month, an annual observance which seeks to give voice to the unique experiences and struggles of African-American people in North America, Legends of Jazz embraces the art of renowned African-American artist Frederick J.Brown (1945-2012). Throughout his career, Brown was motivated to celebrate the achievements of black individuals, especially musicians, who enriched the experiences of all peoples in the post-civil rights era. Legends of Jazz! presents six portraits of legendary jazz musicians by Frederick J. Brown from the permanent collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Frederick J. Brown was born in Greensboro, GA in 1945.  His family moved to Chicago, IL when he was very young.  Brown attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL and graduated in 1968 with a degree in Art and Psychology.  Upon graduation,Brown continued to pursue his passion for painting while also teaching at various universities in the United States and abroad.  For over four decades, Brown’s work has been celebrated all across the globe in a countless number of exhibitions and institutions including the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Marlborough Gallery in NewYork, NY, and the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City, MX. In addition to all of this success, Frederick Brown’s work has been featured in a number of publications including the New Yorker, as well as on many LP album covers. His art can also be found in the permanent collections of numerous major institutions.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery's senior curator Jeffrey Spalding has recently been appointed as director of the Yellow Box Gallery at St. Thomas University,providing the opportunity to share the Beaverbrook Art Gallery's collection and passion for the visual arts with the university community. This partnership,and the resulting exhibitions, will provide learning opportunities for St.Thomas University students to explore the visual arts and curation in partnership with Beaverbrook Art Gallery staff.