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artist , educator

Ionis Bracy Martin, American artist, educator. Recipient Best in Show, Hartford, Connecticut, 1992, Secondary Art Educator of the Year, Connecticut Art Education Association, 1994;, DuBois Institute fellow Harvard University, 1994, Through Young Black Eyes grantee, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Artist fellow, Skidmore College.


Martin, Ionis Bracy was born in 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Francis Wright and Hattie Robinson Bracy.


Bachelor of Science, Fisk University, 1957. Master of Education, University Hartford, 1968. Master of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1987.


Y-teen associate director Young Women’s Christian Association of Greater Hartford, 1957—1959. Homefinder Connecticut Child Welfare Assn, New Haven, 1959—1961. Art teacher Arsenal elem school Hartford Board Education, 1961, art teacher Weaver High School, 1961—1967.

High school art teacher Bloomfield Board Education, 1971—2001. Lecturer, adjunct professor Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, 1985—2003. Docent South Side Community Arts Center, Dusable Museum African-American History, since 2007.

With Gall Researcher African American Almanac, 1994. Co-founder, secretary treasurer, vice president board directors, honorary member Artist Collective, Hartford, since 1972. Trustee Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum Art, Hartford, 1978—1997.

Corporator Hartford Art School, University Hartford, West Hartford, 2001—2006. With Links Inc. & School Art Institute Chicago, since 2008. Artist, educator numerous exhibs., since 1957.


  • Other Work

    • Author: A Curriculum Sampler.


Docent DuSable Museum. Co-trustee, chairman Ella Burr McManus Trust, Hartford, 1985—2006. Board directors Ancient Burial Ground, 1998—2005, Huntington House Museum, Windsor, 2001—2005.

Member of Art Institute Chicago, Canton Gallery on the Green, Art Works Gallery, The Link, Delta Sigma Theta.


Married Allyn Aubrey Martin. 1 child Allyn Bracy-Fletcher.

Francis Wright

Hattie Robinson Bracy

Allyn Aubrey Martin

Allyn Bracy-Fletcher Martin