Visual artist and educator Malcolm McCleod Brown was born August 19, 1931 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Dorothy R. and Franklin M. Brown. He attended the public schools of Charlottesville and went on to earn a B.S. degree from Virginia State University in 1964 and a master’s of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1969.
After working as an artist at Ohio Bell and American Greetings, Brown began his career as an arts educator and taught at the Shaker Heights High School from 1969 to 2000. Since 1980, he has been co-owner with his wife Ernestine of the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Malcolm Brown’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including “The Art of Malcolm Brown” at the Butler Institute of American Art; “Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art,” a touring exhibit; and “Discretionary Accounts: The Artist Speaks,” at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.