Otto Neals Retrospective Project: Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

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

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Opening Reception
The Otto Neals Retrospective Project
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

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Gallery Talk – July 9, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

“Otto Neals: An Artistic Legacy” 2015

MBGreen Arts Curating in partnership with The Center for Black Literature and the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, presents an exhibition of the work of painter, sculptor, and printmaker Otto Neals, June 18 – Sept. 30, 2015.

Opening: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk: July 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
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Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225

New York City will celebrate the creative works of artistic giant Otto Neals with a retrospective exhibition—taking place simultaneously at six distinguished galleries. Collectively, these institutions will house more than five decades of works in five mediums created by the master

Artist and curated by Dr. Myrah Brown Green.

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Images shown above:
“And Still I Rise”, “Beauty”, “Ancestral Mask”

See price list of exhibited work:
Otto Neals_ONR-2015-MEDGAR_EVERS-2_pricelist

To purchase any of the works displayed please contact Myrah Brown Green at

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

About 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. Neals 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 has emerged as one of the most respected visual artists in our lifetime. As a participant in the Black Arts Movement, he cofounded 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 United States 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. Neals has received 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.”

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