Queen Brooks STUDIO
Copyright 2008 Queen E. Brooks
Queen Brooks, a life long resident
of Columbus, Ohio, is an artist,
photographer, educator, and former
gallery owner. Her work simultaneously
reflects the maturity of a seasoned
artist and the vibrancy of one who
continues to evolve. Since her art
emanates from common human
experiences, it speaks to the situations
and emotions of gratitude, loss,
personal growth, breaking out of
boxes, and the conquering of fear and
pain that we all face.
Brooks received her B.F.A. and M.F.A.
from The Ohio State University. She
has been the recipient of numerous
awards and grants. One significant
grant was the Lila Wallace Readers
Digest International Artist Fellowship,
which permitted her to study for three
months on the Ivory Coast of West
Africa. Through a project grant from
the Columbus Cultural Arts Center,
Brooks, working with middle and high
school students, designed and painted
a mural in the Krumm park area on
East Fifth Avenue.
She also created the portal entrance
for the Kwanzaa Playground, Ohio’s
first African-centered playground,
located in Columbus, Ohio. Brooks was
also commissioned to create a piece of
art for a benefit to raise funds for
Opera Columbus. Her generosity to
the community is made manifest is
these and other works.
Her work has been featured in
Essence magazine and twice in the
International Review of African
American Art, and other publications.
She has appeared on television and
radio programs promoting the arts. Her
works grace the walls of patrons
throughout the United States, and the
Ivory Coast. The Columbus Museum of
Art also added a piece of Queen’s
artwork to their collection.
Brooks has taught art at The Ohio
State University and is an adjunct
professor at Otterbein College and
Ohio Dominican University. She has
nurtured and mentored aspiring artists
in all phases and ages of life.
She is one of the founding members of
A.C.E., Art for Community Enrichment,
has worked with F.A.C.E, Friends of
Art for Community Enrichment, and
Days of Creation, all organizations that
foster the arts in the Columbus
community. When not creating art
Brooks can be found leading
art workshops with both children and
adults throughout Ohio and the
greater Columbus area.