Hollis King, Photographer
Jonathan Lewis, Photographer
Vinnie Bagwell is leading the creation of a 7′ bronze and sculpture garden to honor Walter “Doc” Hurley in Hartford, CT. Born in Yonkers, New York, Vinnie grew up in the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester County. An alumna of Morgan State University, Ms Bagwell is a self-taught artist who began sculpting in 1993.
Vinnie’s first commission: “The First Lady of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald”–a life-sized bronze–was commissioned by the City of Yonkers in 1996. It is the first sculpture of a contemporary African-American woman to be commissioned by a municipality in the United States. This year, she was commissioned to create “What’s Going On!”, a 7’ bronze of Marvin Gaye for the DC Department of General Services. Currently, Vinnie is also leading the development of “The Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden”–a major urban-heritage, public-art project for the City of Yonkers to commemorate the legacy of the first enslaved Africans to be manumitted/freed by law in the United States in 1787, 78 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.
From “Frederick Douglass Circle”, a 7’ bronze for Hofstra University and the 24” centerpiece for the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center in Highland Beach, MD, to “Legacies” honoring African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in Memphis, TN, the creative genius of Vinnie Bagwell’s sculptures gives voice to their stories and meaning to their legacies. She has won numerous awards for her artistic contributions to the community. You are now invited to watch her on social media as she creates, “The Making of a Legend, Walter “Doc” Hurley.
Top Photo: Jonathan Lewis, photographer