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Valerie Maynard is an African-American sculptor, teacher, printmaker, and designer.


Maynard, Valerie was born in 1937 in Harlem, New York, AMERICAN WOMEN0.


Student, Elaine Journet Art School, New Rochelle, New York, 1955-1960;student, Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1955;student, New School for Social Research, 1969;Master of Arts in Sculpture, Goddard College, 1977.


She has taught at the Studio Museum in Harlem, at Howard University and at the University of the Virgin Islands. Her work has been exhibited in many cities in the United States and in Sweden. She has been an artist in residence at both the Rochester and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology.

She also specializes in preservation and restoration of traditional art by people of color. She was artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she was a part of a group exhibition Labor, Love, Live Collection in Context, held November 14, 2007 - March 9, 2008. In January 1977, she was part of a contingent of hundreds of African-American artists who represented the North American Zone, exhibiting in FESTAC '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria.

Her public art work, "Polyrhythmics of Consciousness and Light" is installed in a subway station on 125th Street in New York City. Karen Berisford Getty, in a Virginia Commonwealth University thesis, "Searching for Transatlantic Freedom: The Art of Valerie Maynard", examines the history of Africans in the Americas, and Maynard's synthesis of African elements in her work. Valerie Maynard had individual exhibitions at: 1971 American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts 1973 Howard University, Washington, D.C. 1974 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 1975 (traveling) 1983 Reichhold Center for the Arts, University of the Virgin Islands, Saint Thomas 1988 New Visions Gallery, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1988 Caribbean Cultural Center, New York, New York 1989 Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, Georgia 1990 Roadworks, Dorsey Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 1991 Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts 1992 Compton Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 1994 Roots Through the Heart, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, New York Valerie Maynard has been in group exhibitions at: 1979 Black American Graphics Studio Museum, New York (traveling through 1984) 1985 (traveling through 1987) 1989 Caribbean Center, New York (traveling) New York Community College.


  • She has received many awards including residencies in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and New York and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in printmaking.


  • Other Work

    • Represented in permanent collections Absolut, Brooklyn Museum, Memorial Art Gallery of University Rochester, National African-American Museum, Wilberforce, Ohio, Riksuttallningar National Museum, Stockholm, National Museum Mozambique, Studio Museum in Harlem, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, White Plains, New York, Johnson Public Company, Chicago, Lawyers Guild, New York City, Toni Morrison, Stevie Wonder. One-woman shows include American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1971, Howard University, Washington, 1973, Gallery 1199, New York City, 1973, University Massachusetts, Amherst, 1974, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York City, 1975, 77, 79, Arnot Museum, Elmira, New York, 1975, Riksuttallningar National Museum, Stockholm, 1975, Janet Carter Gallery, New York City, 1977, Reichhold Center for the Arts, University Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, 1983, First Pennsylvania Bank, St. Thomas, 1984, New Visions Gallery, Millersville University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1988, Triplex Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City, 1988, Caribbean Cultural Center, New York City, 1988, Hammonds House Gallery, Atlanta, 1989, Guadeloupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, 1989, Public Art Fund, Times Square, New York City, 1990, Dorsey Gallery, Brooklyn, 1990, Wheelock College, Towne Art Gallery, Boston, 1991, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Compton Gallery, Cambridge, 1992, University Rochester, Hartnett Gallery, 1994. Group shows include Weusi Gallery, New York City, 1973, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, 1974, 94, Gallery 1199, New York City, 1975, 78, 91, National Women Artists of Color, New York City, 1990, Public Art Fune, New York City, 1990, Zone Arts Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1991, National African American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1994, American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1996, Spelman College, Atlanta, 1996, Wright State University, Dayton, 1997, among others.

      Set designer (plays) The Henry Street Settlement, 1960's, Bags and Mother Treefoot, 1989, Pygmies in the Rain Forest, 1989, Joan Miller Dance Company, New York City, 1990. Set and costume designer Walters Theater Complex, Minneapolis, 1991, Workshop Njinga, Philadelphia, 1991, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 1993. Executed mural Hunter College City University of New York, 1973, J.P. Resnick & Sons, New York City, 1975.

      Principal works. Include bronze statuettes Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, New York York City, 1976, 1981, World International Black Communications, New York City, 1978, bas relief wood sculptures Baltimore City College, 1980, paintings Black Cristian Fine Art Calenders, 1994-1996, stainless steel and black granite sculpture Ramsey Park Airfoil, Boston, 1996, granite bas relief sculptures, wood shutters and painted murals Personal. 181, New York City, 1996.


In November 2015, she presented at the Art of Justice: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement conference at New York University presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute in Collaboration with the Department of Art and Public Policy, New York University. Institute of African American Affairs, New York University and Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University.