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Manuelita Brown

255 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024, U.S.A.
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Phone: 7604360362

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Manuelita’s sculptures have been described as authentically personal, demonstrating a range of expression including subtle political statement and intimacy with human aspirations in classical elegant forms.  She prefers the permanence of bronze for a medium.  Decades as wife, mother, and teacher (mathematics, not art) is revealed in work sensitive to all human experience. Many of her smaller pieces are models for possible larger commissioned works.




2015                Sojourner Truth, 6’ bronze life-size figure walking with Bible and carpet bag, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

2010                Flame and Cross, 8’ steel and Plexiglas emblem on church monument, Encinitas, CA.

2008                Encinitas Child, 5’seated figure, on the main thoroughfare at an entrance to downtown Encinitas, CA

2008                Triton, 8’ x 5’ 8’ merman figure with trident & conch shell in a fountain at entrance to Student Services Quad, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

2006                Dr. Howard H. Carey, life-size bust, Neighborhood House, San Diego, CA

2006                International Fine Art Second Place, 3-D Other Sculpture Division Show, San Diego County Fair, CA

2003                First Prize, Sculpture & Purchase Award—The Best & The Brightest, Scottsdale AZ

2002                First Place Fine Art—ArtScape ’02, Baltimore, MD

2002                Woman of Distinction 2002—Soroptomist International, San Diego, CA

1999                Best of Show 3-D, African American National Arts Festival, Dallas, TX

1998                Don Diego Sculpture Award & First Place, Small Sculpture Division, International Fine Art Show, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, CA

1997                Almas del Mar, 8 life-size dolphin in pools, TrizecHahn Centers for University Towne Center (now Westfield Shopping Mall), La Jolla, CA

1995                Matthew A. Henson, bust, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

1993                Thurgood Marshall bust, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA


Education & Training


2008, 2009      Phillipe Faraut, Highland Valley Studios, Ramona, CA (Portrait Sculpture/Figure)

2006, 2007      Simon Kogan, Fire Art Foundry, San Diego, CA (Portraits & Figures)

2004                Eugene Daub, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ (Figure and Portrait Sculpture in Bas-Relief)

2003                           Jerry Cox, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ (Sculpture and the Dynamic Figure)

2003                Bruno Lucchesi, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ  (Terracotta sculpture)

2000                           Nigel Konstam, Verrocchio d’Arte Centro, Casole d’Elsa, Sienna, Italy (Stone carving techniques)

1997, 1999      Lincoln Fox, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ  (Life Sculpture-the Creative Process in Sculpture)

1992-1994       Lane Campbell, Sculptor and Owner, Fire Arts Foundry, San Diego, CA  (Sculpture, Foundry techniques)

1975-1976       M.S. Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

1962                B.S.  Mathematics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

1960-1962       Wayne Taysom, Oregon State University (Sculpture, clay, welded steel, metal casting)




2018                Encinitas artist carves out a lasting impression; San Diego Union-Tribune & affiliates, March 4-9, 2018

2016                Featured in UC San Diego advertisement, LA Times, NY Times, & Sothwest Airlines Magazine

2009                Commissions in Brief; Sculpture, Vol. 28, No. 2,

2009                Moving Forward Reflecting Back; The Hanford Sentinel, February 6, 2009, pp. A6-7

2009                Manuelita Brown Sculpts the Soul of Encinitas; Encintas Magazine, Winter 2009, pp. 34-39




2018                Prom Dress: Seventeen on Being 17; Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA

2018                VOICES: speaking of art; Fallbrook Art in the Library, Fallbrook, CA

2017-18           Legacy in Black; San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, San Diego History Center, San Diego, CA

2016                The History and The Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb; California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA

2015                100 Artists, 100 Years, The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, 1915-2015; Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

2014                Beautiful, Brilliant, and Brave: in celebration of Black Women in San Diego; Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA

2013                Solo Exhibit, Southwestern College, San Diego, CA

2010, 2011      Southwest National Black Arts Festival; African American Museum, Dallas, TX

2004-2009       National Black Fine Arts Show; New York, NY

2007, 2011      Just Lookin’ Gallery, Hagerstown, MD 

1995-2006       National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA 

2005                San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Juried Exhibition; Boehm
Gallery, Oceanside, CA 

2001, 2004      Featured Artist – San Diego Sculptors’ Guild; San Diego, CA

2003                Artexpo NY, New York, NY

1994-2000       Pan African Film and Fine Arts Festival; Crenshaw Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

1995, 1999      Solo Exhibit - UCSD Faculty Club Gallery; University of California, San Deigo, CA

1999                African American National Arts Festival, Dallas, TX

1998                Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA 

1997                L.A. Juried Exhibition; William Grant Still Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA




1965-1967       Mathematics Teacher, Highland View Junior High School, Corvallis, OR

1967-1980       Mathematics Teacher, San Dieguito High School District, Encinitas, CA

1981-2004       Academic Support Program Director & Lecturer, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA



International Sculpture Center (Member)
National Sculpture Society (Member)
Oceanside Museum of Art Artists Alliance (Member)

UCSD Black Alumni Scholarship Fund Board (Board Chair)

                        Encinitas Preservation Foundation Board (Founding Member)