Brookie Maxwell is an artist, a curator, and the founding director of Gallery 138 in New York City. At Gallery 138, Maxwell produces solo and group exhibitions and other presentations in partnership with museums, corporations, governmental organizations, and NGOs.
Maxwell’s personal art projects are designed to heal and engage diverse communities. Current projects include:
Coming Home: Journey, Community, and Dialog, a project designed to heal wounded warriors and bring America’s military and civilians together in effective [or strategic] dialog.
Exodus, an art installation exploring New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Current group exhibitions include 100 Days: The Rwandan Genocide Twenty Years Later, with Alfredo Jaar, at the Peace and Reconciliation Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, in Coventry, UK; and recently For Panzi: Peace Should Not Be So Fragile, a national touring exhibition in support of Panzi Hospital in Congo.
Recent personal art projects include a residency with the US State department, designed to bring Malaysians, Chinese, Muslim and Christian populations together. Recent gallery projects include Art and Finance Now: exhibitions and dialogs, co-produced by the International Center for Photography.
Maxwell’s work is in many public and private collections. Her work was recently chosen by the American Ambassadors to Malaysia and Djibouti, through the State Department’s Arts in Embassies project. Images from Exodus were recently exhibited at The New Orleans Museum of Art as part of the permanent collection of the Amistad Research Center.
Earlier in her career, Maxwell founded and directed Creative Arts Workshops (CAW), an arts - based NGO. Maxwell has created two art parks as well as public art projects for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Bellevue Hospital Center, and The Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the State of New York.
Maxwell was awarded the United States Army Fort Belvoir Garrison Command Team Award for Excellence in 2013. She has received commendation from the Freedom to Create prize, and awards from the Mayor of New York City, and the Borough President of Manhattan. Maxwell was recently interviewed by Penelope Green, and by Michelle Agins for The New York Times.
In 2013, Maxwell completed Mastering Negotiations, and in 2011, Maxwell completed Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. Both classes were presented by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dialogs Maxwell mediated during the Women in Power class led to the request to create the Coming Home project.
In 2008, she conducted post - graduate studies with C. Daniel Dawson at Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies. Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1977 from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.