Artist of The Continual Struggle
Brian Washington is an award-winning Los Angeles-based attorney and established artist. He specializes in works depicting the Civil Rights Movement and American society. Washington grew in Cincinnati, OH, where he began developing his artistic prowess at a very early age. He won state-wide and national art competitions in high school, while also being a National Merit Scholar, President of the Student Council, and basketball player. While majoring in pre-law at Duke University, Washington was a perennial Dean’s list student. He also had the opportunity to work on a year-long art project which eventually became his internationally acclaimed art collection “The Continual Struggle.” The Civil Rights Movement – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”
At the University of Southern California Law School, Washington maintained his artistic ambitions. His large painting entitled “We Shall Never Stand Silent” still stands in the school foyer as a reminder of the importance of diversity, inclusion and tolerance. Additionally, he was honored with the “2010 Humanitarian Award” from the American Civil Liberties Union. Washington’s art is exposèd at numerous institutions, including Smithsonian, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and at our own National Underground Freedom Center here in Cincinnati as part of its permanent collection.
A long-time admirer of Brian Washington’s work, President Bill Clinton endorsed his art as: “a masterwork of American art, a poignant depiction of America’s journey to perfect its union […]”. After receiving a glowing endorsement from the National Archivist of the United States, David Ferrio, The Continual Struggle exhibition will be touring American Presidential Museums over the next several years, concluding with an exhibition at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in 2020.