Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005

Johnny Coleman interview excerpt

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Johnny Coleman

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Program Length: 04:01

Johnny Coleman describes his life and development as an artist. Coleman always thought of himself as an artist from an early age, but never felt directed to take formal art lessons until later in life. After the urging of friends and family, Coleman quit the job he held at Thrifty Drug Store for eight years and took his first formal art classes at Santa Barbara Community College. Coleman talks about his relationship with mentor Ulysses Jenkins. He discusses the references points for his work which include the street, basketball court, family, barber shop, the church, and film.

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