Otto Neals Retrospective Project – Summer 2015

Otto Neals Retrospective Project

Exhibition Dates: June 18, 2015- September 30, 2015

The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

See full listings of exhibits and openings throughout the city in the press release.



CONTACT: Dr. Myrah Brown Green
Phone: 718-756-7600


“Otto Neals: An Artistic Legacy”2015
New York City will celebrate the creative works of an artistic giant with a retrospective exhibition-taking place simultaneously at six distinguished galleries. Collectively, these institutions will house over five decades of works in five mediums created by the master Otto Neals, curated by Dr. Myrah Brown Green.

Exhibition Openings:


May 31 – July 25, 2015
Reception: Sunday, May 31, 3-6 pm
*Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba (Will House all ART MEDIUMS)
219 East 2nd Street at Avenue B
New York, New York 10009

Gallery Days and Times:  Wednesday-Saturday 11 am -6 pm,
Tuesdays by Appointment
Closed for Holiday-Saturday, July 4th
June 27th-Gallery Talk, 3-6 pm


June 4 – July 11, 2015

Reception: Thursday, June 4,  6- 8 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2- 4 pm
*Tabla Rasa Gallery (Will House PAINTINGS)
224 48th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11220
Gallery Days and Times:  Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm
Closed for Holiday:  Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th
July 1st -Gallery Talk, 6-8pm


June 14 – July 12, 2015
Reception: Saturday, June 14, 3-8 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, July 12,3- 8 pm
*Dorsey’s Art Gallery (Will House DRAWINGS including PASTELS)
553 Rogers Avenue near Fenimore Street
Brooklyn, New York 11225

Gallery Days and Times: Wednesdays- June 17th, June 24th, July 1st, July 8th: 3:00pm- 7pm

Saturdays and Sundays -June 20th, June 21st, June 27th, June 28th, July 11th:  1:00pm-5:00pm
and by Appointment
June 24th-Gallery Talk, 6:00pm-7:00 pm


June 18 – September 30. 2015
Reception: Thursday, June 18, 6:30-8:30 pm
*The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College in partnership with
The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College (Will House PRINTS)
1650 Bedford Avenue between Montgomery and Crown Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11225
718/270.4997 or 718/270.4873

Viewing Days and Times: Monday-Thursday 10:00am -6:00pm

July 9th-Gallery Talk, 6:30-8:30 pm


June 20 – September 20, 2015
Reception: Saturday, June 20, 6- 8 pm
*The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Location: Skylight Gallery (Will House SCULPTURE)
1368 Fulton Street between Kingston and Throop Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11216

Gallery Days and Times: Tuesday- Saturday 12-5 pm and by Appointment
Closed for Holiday:  Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th


June 25 – July 9, 2015
Reception: Thursday, June 25, 5- 8 pm
*Rush Arts Gallery (Will House COLLAGE)
526 West 26th Street, Suite #311 between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York, New York 10011


Gallery Days and Times: Wednesday- Saturday 12-5 pm
Closed for Holiday:  Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th




Who is Otto Neals?

Born in 1930 in South Carolina, Otto Neals is a world renowned, highly gifted painter, sculptor, and printmaker. When he was a child, his family moved to New York where he still lives and works. A Brooklynite, Neals first studied commercial art at George Westinghouse Vocational High School. He also studied briefly at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and at other institutions in the borough. In 1951 he took a job with the post office’s art department. He eventually became the head illustrator at the Brooklyn General Post Office, creating illustrations and overseeing projects in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island City.

Over decades, Neals emerged as one of the most respected visual artists in our lifetime. As a participant in the Black Arts movement he co-founded the historic Weusi Artist Collective and Nyumba Ya Sanaa Gallery in Harlem. In 1958 he took a lead role in assisting with establishing the Fulton Art Fair in Brooklyn. Neals has worked and exhibited with iconic masters, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Tom Feelings.

Neals’ work has been exhibited in distinguished institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Columbia Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Ghana National Museum. His work is in the collections of Congressman John Lewis, legendary jazz musician Randy Weston, Harry Belafonte, and Oprah Winfrey. The media has recognized Neals’ profound talent: he has been profiled in numerous outlets including The New York Times, EBONY magazine, Black Enterprise. You can read an article printed in 2011 in the NY Daily News

Neals has won many awards and in 1995, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Alliance commissioned him to create a bronze sculpture based on the works of award-winning children’s book author Ezra Jack Keats. The work, Peter and Willie, is located in the “Imagination Playground” in Prospect Park. Mr. Neals was presented with the New York City Arts Commission’s Award for Excellence in Design for this work. Other commissions include 10 bronze plaques for the “Harlem Walk of Fame,” a bronze sculpture for the Brooklyn Children’s Center, a 20-foot mural for Kings County Hospital, and most recently a bronze portrait of the late Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton for City College of the City University of New York.

About his art, Neals says, “My talent as an artist comes directly from my ancestors. I am merely a receiver, an instrument for receiving some of the energies that permeate our entire universe and I give thanks for having been chosen to absorb those artistic forces.”


Learn more at:



There Was a Time,

Bronze,by Otto Neals,  c2002

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