Norman Brown

  Norman Brown



About Norman Brown

Norman Brown  was born in 1949. I am the ninth child from a family of ten children. I grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District on Whiteside Road in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.  I am a self taught artist of African American descent.  I began seriously painting in the fall of 1977. I attribute the inspiration and ideas for my work to my constant contact with children (I teach children with Multiple Disabilities), my background in modern dance (where I learned how to deal with a blank stage – canvas), nature, primitive works of art, designs and use of color, and some portion of other artists’ works that evoke in me a hint of an image. My works include, but are not limited to, fantasy landscapes and figures, still life paintings, collages, painted drywall relief carvings and dance phrase images. I am a part of many collections in the Pittsburgh area including the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently represented by the Michael Hertrich Art and Frame Gallery.



One man shows:

1978   Central Blood Bank Pgh., PA

1981   The Design Center Pgh., PA

1982   Pgh. National Bank

1984   Unitarian Universalist Church North Hills

1986   Café Del Sol Pgh., Pa.

5/1989   In-house home exhibition and sale of hand-painted clothing and original artworks

8/1989   In-house home exhibition and sale of hand-painted clothing and original artworks

1994    Sip Coffee House

2000        La Fond Galleries

Group Shows:

1995-Present   Persad Annual Art Auction

1981   Amateur Artists Association of Pgh.

1982   Amateur Artists Association of Pgh.

1982 23rd Annual Juried Membership Show North Hills Art Center (NHAC)

1983 24th Annual Juried Membership Show NHAC

1983 Regional Juried Show NHAC

1984 Mixed Images (a four person exhibit) NHAC

1984 25th Annual Juried Membership Show NHAC

1985 26th Annual Juried Membership Show NHAC

1986  Woman’s Guild Juried Show (Forbes Hospice)

1987   Renaissance Arts Festival

1987   Wilkins’s Community Center (open house art show)

1987   Images II Second Annual Pgh. Black Artists Exhibit, University of Pgh.

1988   Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce Campus Black History

Month Art Invitational Exhibit

1988   Exhibited in African Heritage Classroom Benefit Auction University of


1987   Images IV, University of Pgh.

1991       Lifestyles: An Exhibition of African American Artists presented by

Homewood Art Musuem

1992    PPG Place Black Artists Exhibit sponsored by Grubb &Ellis

1994     Group Show La Fond Galleries

1997     Group Show La Fond Galleries

2004      African American Artists Sale New Kingsley Association

2005   Pittsburgh Cultural Trust African American Art Exhibit and Sale

Benedum Center Showcase Noir

2005    Umoja African  Arts Festival Schenley Park

2005    Ellsworth Avenue Arts Festival

2005       Construction Junction Salvo Arts Exhibit/ Festival Featured Artist

2006    Art for August Exhibit   709 Gallery

2007    Art for August Exhibit II Gallery 209/9

2007   Mavuno First Fruit XI Visual Art Exhibition Sweetwater Center for the


2007    Multicultural Arts Initiative A Celebration of Diversity in the Arts

2008      Artini  (Art of Diversity Project) Shaken .Not Stirred

2008   Artica   Sugar and Spice

2008      Fe Arts Gallery 250 years/250 artists

2008   La Fond Galleries Holiday Season Exhibit

2009  August Wilson Center for African American Culture’s Gallery

Art Kings of the Hill

2010  August Wilson Center for African American Culture

2011  Michael Hertrich Art and Frame Gallery

2014  Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


Corporate Collections:

University Of Pittsburgh

Inroads Pittsburgh

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP



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