Lenard Brown

b. 1969, Henderson, Texas

Lenard Brown was born in 1969 in Henderson, Texas. After receiving an A.A. degree from Lon Morris College, Jacksonville, Texas in 1990, he earned his B.F.A. degree in Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1993. He continued his studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, completing his M.F.A. in Painting, Printmaking, and Drawing in 1997. He has taught at several universities including Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Alabama State University, Montgomery; and University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

Throughout his artistic career, Brown has worked with a variety of media including painting, printmaking, etching, and digital printing. He utilizes abstract figures, elements of collage, and bold shapes and colors in his work. The artist has said that inspiration for his art comes from the black history of the United States associated with historical figures like Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad movement as well as African art. His art “relates Western thinking to African philosophy and Christianity to African Mythology.” Brown’s works have been shown in art galleries and museums all over the world including the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; Reykjavík University, Iceland; and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Lenard Brown was included in the exhibition A Greater Spectrum: African American Artists of Nebraska 1912-2010 on view at the Museum of Nebraska Art from December 4, 2010 to April 3, 2011.

Lenard Brown is not represented in the Museum of Nebraska Art collection.