iona rozeal brown    bio + work

Born in Washington, D.C., 1966
Lives and works in Maryland


M.F.A. Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
B.F.A., Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, Valedictorian, Dean's Honor List

1996 Pratt Institute, Honor List, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Upcoming Traveling Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (January-May)
Upcoming Exhibition, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

2009 Goff & Rosenthal, Berlin, Germany

2008 ...of heroines, demons and those on the fence-myth beginings, Sandroni Rey, June 4 - June 8, VOLTA4, Basel, Switzerland


the epidemic of excess, the detriment of denial, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA


Blending Lines, G Fine Art, Washington, DC
iona rozeal brown, University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ


a3 the revolution: televised, terrorized, sexualized, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
iona rozeal brown, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA
iona rozeal brown, G Fine Art, Washington, DC
Bling BlAsian Bling, (two person exhibition with Stella Lai), The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Matrix 152, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT


a3…black on both sides, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


a3…black on both sides 2, Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA
a3…black on both sides 2, Caren Golden Fine Arts


homecoming, Pavilion of Fine Arts, Takoma Park, MD


many faces, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA.


iona 101, Gallery Upstairs, Takoma Park, MD.
soul tapping, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.

Selected Group Exhibitions / Screenings / Publications

2008 Belle du Jour, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY


Japan, INC., Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
Iona Rozeal Brown and Zoe Charlton Lecture at the Hirshhorn Museum February 2, 2007


Paper Trail: African American Works on Paper, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
When the East is in the House: iona rozeal brown and Stella Lai, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Compliciit, curated by Johanna Drucker, Andrea Douglas and Jill Hartz, University of Virginia Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA
Three Decades of Contemporary Art from San Francisco Art Institute, Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute
Stereotypes: Confronting Cliches, curated by June Lambia, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

2005 Linkages and Themes in the African Diaspora, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

2004 Notorious Impropriety, curated with Franklin Sirmans, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
New Visions:  Emerging trends in African American Art, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

2003 Pop Rocks, curated by Daria Brit, shapiro & caren golden, Caren Golden Fine Art, New york, NY
Black Belt, (Curated by Christine Kim) Studio Museum of Harlem, NY
Online, curated by Charlie Finch and Robert Storr, Feigen Gallery, NY
International Paper, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Americas Remix, curated by Franklin Sermans, Comune de Milano, Milan, Italy

2001 FFWD Contemporary Art Fair, Hotel Nash, Room Curated by Franklin Sirmans, Miami Beach, FL

Frenzy: Artist's Initiated Auction and Art Sale to Benefit the Luggage Store Gallery/509 Cultural Center, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Future Shock: New Langton Arts Live and Silent Auction, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Skowhegan Film Festival, Skowhegan, ME
B.F.A. Show 1999, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Radical Performance Fest, Somart Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Zyzzyva in Black and White, Diego Rivera Gallery, Curated by Naomie Kramer and Howard Junker, San Francisco, CA
Zyzzyva, the journal of west coast writers and artists, Black and White Series, Curated by Naomie Kramer and Howard Junker

Ultra Down, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Afro Solo, Z Space Studio, San Francisco, CA
Portraiture, The Abstract Zone, Emeryville, CA
Busted, Crucible Cell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Annual Juried Luggage Show, The Luggage Store Gallery, Curated by Bill Berksen, San Francisco, CA

Grants / Awards


Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, New York, NY
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York, NY
Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute


Matrix Artist, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


United States/Japan Creative Artists Program                                                                                                              


Blair Dickinson Award, Yale University.


Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale University.


Camile Hanks Cosby Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.


Honor Student Painting Studio, San Francisco Art Institute.
Supplemental Art Materials Award, San Francisco Art Institute.


Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute.
Student Grant, San Francisco Art Institute.


Merit Scholarship, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Presidential Grant, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.


Women’s Community Art Award, Montgomery County Community College, Takoma Park, MD.


Altoids Curiously Strong Art Collection



Merali, Shaheen. “Haus der Kulturen der Welt: New York – States of Mind,” Exhibition and Film Programme, 28.08.2007-04.11.2007
Buckley, iona rozeal brown,, June 30, 2007
“iona rozeal brown: still exploring and unlikely pairing,” Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2007

Genocchio, Benjamin. "Iona Rozeal Brown, Wadswoth Ateneum Museum of Art," New York Times, April 4, 2004
Palumbo, Mary Jo. "Artist's Japanese-styleprints add new translation to hip-hop," Boston Herald, April 10, 2004

"Biters of Style," Trace, May 2003
Knight, Christopher. "Richly drawn from drawings," Los Angeles Times, March 2003
Koppman, Debra. "International Paper," Previews, February 2003
Mathis, Sommer. "Paper Trail, Global Culture Lends Contemporary Exhibit Wide Speectrum of Artistic Creations, Bringing New Life To Fiber As a Medium," Daily Bruin, January 2003
Brown, Iona Rozeal. "Self-Portrait," Tema Celeste, January/February 2003

"Intelligent Work Forges Links," Los Angeles Times, October 2002
Jones, Rose Apodaca. "Gangsta Geisha," WomenÕs Wear Daily, September 2002
Smith, Roberta. "Roland Flexner Iona Rozeal Brown," New York Times, October 2002