This episode of The Drexel InterView examines the work of artist and gallery owner Brenda Joysmith. Brenda Joysmith first gained mainstream popularity when her Madonna piece was featured on the set of The Cosby Show. Since then, Joysmith's work has been displayed all over the world, in the pages of children's literature, and even in a line of figurines modeled after her subjects. Her work places special focus on African-American culture, and has been collected by Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities, along with Bill Cosby. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Joysmith developed a passion for art at a young age, despite the fact that most members of her family pursued careers in science. She now is co-owner of the Joysmith Gallery in Memphis, along with her husband and curator Robert Bain. While the Joysmith Gallery began as a showcase for her own work, Joysmith has expanded its reach to include the work of other artists of color. The Gallery location also doubles as Joysmith's studio, where she predominantly works in pastel and acrylic. Take a tour of the studio-and sample pieces from the Joysmith Gallery in Memphis-as Paula Marantz Cohen, Drexel University English professor and program host, talks with Brenda Joysmith in this episode of The Drexel InterView.
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Episode #223 / Length: 26 minutes