Born in Brooklyn in 1951, Dalton Brown grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant area in the public housing projects, called “the Marcy”. Although poor, he never realized it until later in life. The ethnic and cultural mix, brought with it a high level of self esteem and pride.His childhood interest in art grew into a Saturday scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum Young Artist program. Upon graduation from the High School of Art and Design, he received a portfolio award to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There, he became fascinated with African art and the creative ways our predecessors expressed their vision of the universe. He completed the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts program in 1974, and entered Southern Illinois University’s graduate program in 1976. That year, with funding from the Illinois Arts Council, he began as an artist-in-residence with the local school district in Carbondale, Illinois. Now retired from teaching high school art in Chicago, he enjoys making art in his Beverly Art studio.