Martin Luther King, Jr. Robert O'neal Cincinnati Artist Community Activist For Sale
This wonderful piece of history by Robert O'neal is original and very rare find in deed...
Colored Pencil and Chalk... "The Founding Father of Modern America"
size: 25 inches x 30 inches frame to frame
drawing approx size: 17 inches x22 inches
this is original and in vintage condition kept in a safe place... framed in a very nice wood frame also vintage.
Born in Northern Kentucky, Robert
O’Neal spent most of his life in Cincinnati, Ohio.
At an early age his creative skills were cultivated under the tutelage of his
older sister Loretta. Before graduating from Withrow
High School, O’Neal received a
scholarship to attend the Cincinnati Art
Academy during his summer break. He
later graduated from the Gebhardt Commercial
Robert O’Neal is an amazing talent whose visual reference is
rooted in the urban issues of Cincinnati’s
most challenging neighborhoods. The cultural movements of the 1960's led O’Neal
to establish himself as a community activist and artist. O’Neal organized the
United Self Expressionists, a group of local artists known as US. They created
a body of works reflecting the experiences surrounding their community. During
the 1960's, the Model Cities Program, an element of the Johnson
Administration’s War on Poverty, originated in response to urban concerns. O’Neal became head of the Culture and
Recreation Task Force of the Model Cities Program in Cincinnati.
This project led to the creation of the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati in the West
End, an organization that cultivated hundreds of African American
artists and educated inner-city youth. O’Neal held the honorary title of
Over-the-Rhine Mayor serving as an advocate for the homeless. For most of his
life he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis which led to his participation in a
March on Washington for
disability rights. Years later he served on the Disabilities Advisory Committee
for the Ohio Arts Council.
His teaching career included stints at the Arts and Humanities
where he worked with senior citizens, the Very Special Arts Ohio Program and
the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. In line with his passion for grassroots
initiatives, O’Neal also assisted in the founding of WAIF Community Radio. In
1994 he was honored by Applause Magazine Image Makers and was also one of 25
African American artists featured at the prestigious Closson's Gallery in
This item has been shown 272 times.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Robert O'neal Cincinnati Artist Community Activist : $800