Presented by state auto insurance companies, the Lincoln Theater Association will hold an induction ceremony on the Walk of Fame on Saturday, July 30, at 7pm, to commemorate two Columbus natives who have made outstanding contributions to the community through their professional careers: visual artist Queen Brooks and jazz singer Jeanette Williams. These local pioneers will be honored during a ceremony that will include a multi-genre tribute to their lives and work and a performance by 2020 Grammy Award nominee Bobby Floyd.
The second half of the ceremony will then move outdoors to reveal the new stars on the Walk of Fame, followed by the official dedication of the Lincoln Theater Mural Plaza. Made in collaboration with artists and students at Lincoln’s Patternz Summer Camp, Mural Plaza expands the beauty and mission of Lincoln outdoors for community enjoyment and enrichment. Lincoln Theater Executive Director Suzan Bradford will celebrate the mural’s artists and supporters, as well as collaborating artists Francesca Miller and Shelbi Roseboro Toone.
The event is free and open to the public upon registration on www.LincolnTheatreColumbus.com.
The Columbus-born visual artist Queen Brooks holds a BFA and an MFA in arts from Ohio State University. She won the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest International Artist Award, granting her a residency in the French port city of Abidjan, in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. She has received numerous honors and awards for her artwork, including the Ohioana Career Award, the highest honor given to an artist in the state of Ohio.
Brooks has artwork in the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, the African American Art Museum, Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican University, and the Martin de Porres Center.
He recently completed the design of the portal design for the main entrance of the Kwanzaa playground at English Park, Columbus’s only African-American themed playground. Brooks currently serves as principal artist for the Ohio Alliance for Art Education’s Art in the House, connecting young people with professional teaching artists to initiate their connection with creative thinking, leadership and lifelong learning through the arts.
Self-described as “coming out of the womb”, Jeanette Williams began her professional career at the age of 14 as an opening act for Dionne Warwick. Soon after, she found her passion in jazz and became a mainstay in the Columbus jazz community. Over the more than five decades of her career, Williams has performed with countless local and national artists including Rusty Bryant, Hank Marr, Bobby Floyd, the Columbus Symphony, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Mary McClendon, Doc Severinsen, George Benson, Arturo Sandoval and many others. One of the highlights of her career was when she was invited on stage to sing with legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughn. Her last performance was at the 2019 Columbus Jazz and Ribfest in Bicentennial Park.