Artist Calloway makes a career of coming home

November 19, 2006|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic

In the deceptively simple art of Marie Johnson Calloway, Mama's Room is a repository for all that is precious in a daughter's memories.

There are hand-tinted photographs of Mama and her mother, sisters and brother; quilts Mama made as wedding gifts for her girls; the sewing machine she used to stitch dresses for fashionable Baltimore ladies; and the sturdy bed, with its purple quilt, in which she bore each of her five children.

HOMECOMING: MARIE JOHNSON CALLOWAY PAST AND PRESENT -- Through Dec. 16 at the James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive -- 443-885-3030

Marie Johnson Calloway

Born:

April 10, 1920, Baltimore

Education:

teacher's certificate, Coppin State University; BA, Morgan State University; MA, San Jose State University

Family:

Husband, Charles F. Calloway; two children

Works in collections:

Triton Museum, Santa Clara, Calif; California Museum of African-American Art, Los Angeles; Johnson Publications, Chicago, Ill.; the Port of Oakland; Public Art Project, City of Oakland; San Francisco Art Commission.

Philosophy of life:

"To be open to what we see and hear around us, to be open to change, and to have some sensitivity to life's varied experiences."

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