top of page


Malcolm Brown, Romare Beardon, and Ernestine Brown.



Ernestine & Malcolm Brown, opened Malcolm Brown Gallery on September 18, 1980. The Browns implemented a robust calendar, inviting art lovers of the Cleveland community to attend lectures, classes and public events, and to interact directly with some of the leading Black artists of the time.

A decade after the gallery’s closure and two years after the passing of her father, Rhonda is relaunching Malcolm Brown Gallery in the new millennium. The gallery will highlight the Brown Family Trust’s collection of Black Masters as well as obscure artists across the country with a focus on artists who are 60+ years old. 


Just Recently, Malcolm Brown Gallery debuted at Future Fair 2022 with artist Rhonda K. Brown, to share her recent series, I Am More Like My Mother.


Artist Malcolm Brown raised awareness of African American art through pioneering gallery....

Gallery Owner Malcolm Brown Promoted Black Artists When Few Did....

Artist Malcolm Brown, who with his wife Ernestine Brown operated Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, passed away October 1 at age 89. Through the gallery, through his teaching at Shaker Heights High School, and in all his relationships, he had a lasting impact. We asked art collectors, dealers, former students, artists, and family members to offer their reflections on the life and influence of a man who created space and raised awareness for African American artists in Cleveland and beyond..

A survey taken by the American Art Dealers Association in the early 1980s revealed that 75 percent of contemporary art galleries failed within the first five years. But those odds did not dissuade Malcolm and Ernestine Brown from opening the Malcolm Brown Gallery in 1980 in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights...

bottom of page