Zenobia Rickford


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Zenobia Rickford
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Zenobia is an abstract expressionist who works with various media with an emphasis on experimentation. She is fascinated with what evolves when combining these various media in her compositions. Zenobia was born and educated in Washington, D.C. and a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Fine Art. She was an art teacher in the District of Columbia on the Secondary level for 38 years until retirement in 2002. She has been voted in twice, as "Teacher of the Year" in 1988 and 2002; teaching workshops for the Washington Teacher's Union Organization - "Art Across the Curriculum" and "Painting to Music". Upon her retirement she, then took a position at the Seed Boarding Charter School; introduced, developed and taught art at Seed in Washington, D.C. through the years 2002 - 2004. She retired again from teaching at Seed in 2004. She has been juried into several galleries and has done solo,group and invitationals exhibitions and has been awarded many accolades and is published in "Howard Univerity's Eight Decades of Art". She has exhibited from 1966 to present throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. Zenobia became a member of Prince George's Artists' Association in 1994 and became the President of this organization in the year 2007 to present. Zenobia is constantly challenging herself and the members of the organization, as President, to move their/her professional art careers to levels of expertise with an emphasis on quality of product and excellence in presentation. She is always searching for new opportunities for herself and the members of the organization. Zenobia believes it is important to realize that art is a business and she provides the organization with the education to master the tools necessary for them to advance in the professional world of art. Zenobia's greatest inspiration comes from music; studies of famous artists past and present such as: Michelangelo, Rembrandt,Carravagio and Matisse; as well as her art instructors from Howard University: Lucille Roberts aka "Malkia",Lois M. Jones and James Porter,(now deceased) and David Driskell. These people encouraged her creativity and inspired her to take risk in technique and subject matter. She has created several bodies of work in the past 40+ years including, afrocentric themes, water themes, still life themes and nature. At present she is developing a body of work on excerpts from the Bible with an emphasis on the 23rd Psalms.