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Kate Millett: A Remarkable Life

Kate Millett has been described as one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century. She is a feminist activist, writer, visual artist, teacher, and human rights advocate and a 2013 Inductee into The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls NY, the birthplace of the American Suffragette Movement. Her portrait by Alice Neel hangs in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.


Born in 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Helen Feely Millett, a teacher and James Millett, an engineer, Kate is the middle child and has two sisters: Sally Millett Rau, a lawyer and Mallory Millett Danaher, an actress and film producer.  Their parents divorced when Kate was thirteen and the Millett sisters were raised by their mother.  Helen Millett took a job as an insurance salesperson with the Penn Mutual Company so she could have flexible hours to look after her daughters. “Mother Millett” was so successful as an insurance agent, she was voted “salesman of the year”. A very independent woman who had a great deal of influence over her daughters, Helen Millett was a feminist and voted in the first election in which women were allowed to vote in the United States of America.

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Ademolala Olugebefola is a noted contemporary artist whose work has been shown in hundreds of major exhibitions at American museums, cultural centers and universities here and abroad. His distinctive art and career references are noted in thousands of books, catalogs, periodicals, videos, media articles, journals, and prominent public archives; i.e., (Ademola Olugebefola Papers @ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Hatch Billops Archives; The reference library and archives in CBAAC of The Federal Ministry of Culture, Nigeria; Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, Germany, et al.) and in global private archival collections while extensively noted on the internet and social media.


Two of his early pieces of woodcut art were recently published in the catalog/book "WITNESS: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties".


This groundbreaking exhibition was organized by the Brooklyn Museum in spring 2014 and has since traveled to the HOOD Museum in New Hampshire and is currently at The Blanton Museum University of Texas in Austin, until May 10, 2015. His work is now featured in a major exhibition on AfroFuturism in the Humanities Museum at Pomona College in Claremont California thru March.


Ademola's work is currently in three New York exhibitions: HISTORY of HARLEM THEATRE ─ NY Public Library for The Performing Arts @ Lincoln Center, 'Five Over Sixty' at Taller Boricua Gallery / Julia de Burgos Center in East Harlem, and two Neon Light sculptures and large-scale works at ICA Dwyer Cultural Center in West Harlem.


Currently, the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation are cataloging selections of his drawings of the Dance idiom.



Ellsworth Ausby (1942-2011) was a distinguished American artist and a respected arts educator and teacher/lecturer in New York and New Jersey. Ellsworth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts where he taught for over 30 years and taught life drawing and painting at the Visual Arts Center of Summit, New Jersey. He was a recipient of the New York State C.A.P.S. Fellowship, recognized for his painting by the National Endowment of the Arts and was an Artist-in-Residence for the Arts & Culture Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant.


His work has been exhibited in the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary, The New York City Technical College, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Toledo Museum of Art and several other major museums in the United States. He is currently listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art and Who’s Who Among Black Americans. One of his last projects, Space Odyssey, explores the relationship between man and the Universe as well as the spirit of the bustling metropolis.


Jazz music was an intricate component to his art and his life. He began playing piano as a child, influenced by such greats as Rashied Ali, John Coltrane's drummer, Art Lewis and Sun Ra and his intergalactic orchestra music that evoked the feelings of the swirling cosmos, like the idea of traveling in infinite space.


Ellsworth Ausby’s Space Odyssey, a permanent installation commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority can be viewed at the Marcy Avenue subway station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by passersby every day. The Alumni Society of the School of Visual Arts created The Ellsworth Ausby Memorial Scholarship Fund in support of undergraduate and graduate Fine Arts Students. Ellsworth Ausby is truly missed.








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