Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell

Tune In or Stream February 2021

A Black aunt and niece become accomplished artists in segregated Washington, D.C.

Lilian Thomas Burwell recounts the life story of her aunt, unsung artist and educator Hilda Wilkinson Brown, and the influence she had on Burwell’s own career as an abstract expressionist artist. Their lives, works of art and sources of inspiration are presented against the backdrop of a segregated society where marginalized Black artists created their own venues to exhibit their work.

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"Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell" explores the unique relationship between an African American aunt and niece who became accomplished artists and educators despite the hardships of the Great Depression and the inequities of racial segregation. The story of their lives, their works of art and sources of inspiration are presented against the backdrop of a segregated society.

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