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Rene Westbrook


County: Thurston County

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Awards

Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2022
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About

Rene Westbrook has worked professionally as an multimedia artist in sculpture, painting and photography. Over her 40 years as an artist and educator, her wide range and eclectic background has developed into a diverse portfolio that lends itself to a variety of creative imagery.

Rene graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA) in sculpture/ Arts Education. She has been a Master Artist in Residence at Northern University at AAMARP, Boston for 5 years; a California Council on the Arts-Residency for 3 years and various others on the east coast. More recently, René was a 2020 grant recipient of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and in 2021 her work was selected to be included in the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle, as well as being commissioned by the Olympia Arts Council as the cover artist for the spring 2022 ArtsWalk.

Her most recent awards/ grants are added to Rene’s lists of recognition for excellence in Sculpture as a Danforth finalist, 3 grants from Polaroid Corporation in photography, and various paintings selected for their unique imagery. To this end, René has exhibited on the East and West coasts and has been included in three Museum exhibitions; the Boston Museum of Fine Art, most recently at WSU, Art Museum as part of the Schnitzer grant and since 1988, her art is collected by the Museum of the National Center for African American Artists, Boston.

René has worked as a writer, teacher, television producer and different roles in theater productions. She describes herself simply as a creative explorer of life’s mysteries.

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