Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell

Summers at Oak Bluffs

During the summer months, Hilda Wilkinson Brown traveled to Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard, one of the few beach destinations where African Americans could vacation during segregation. Her paintings were inspired by the landscape and the beachgoers.

Summers at Oak Bluffs


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    Kindred Spirits

    S1 E1 - 26m 14s

    Lilian Thomas Burwell recounts the life story of her aunt, unsung artist and educator Hilda Wilkinson Brown, and the influence she had on Burwell’s own career as an abstract expressionist artist. Their lives, works of art and sources of inspiration are presented against the backdrop of a segregated society where marginalized Black artists created their own venues to exhibit their work.

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