LANCE BROWN holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Denver with additional years study at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Portland School of Fine and Applied Art in Portland, Maine. He also has 3 semesters of post-graduate schooling in music. He has spent the last 30 years making his living in the arts. As a professional actor he has toured his one-person theater piece “Will Rogers Now!” nationwide for the last 24 years. As a musician and songwriter he heads up the Lance Brown Group playing jazz and blues in settings ranging from local clubs and concert venues to private parties and 2 ½ years as regulars at Navy Pier. Throughout he has continued creating his artwork; , paintings, drawings and sculpture. 

Mr. Brown has been a regular contributor to the Around the Coyote Festivals. The first year his acrylics on canvas were presented and in the second year he was awarded curator’s choice status for his smaller meditative and improvisational works. He won special honors for his “Purple Suited Blues Man” at the Senior Artists Network “Later Visions” Show of 2007. His paintings were exhibited for the months of June and July 2008 at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Lincoln Avenue. January through March of 2010 his work was on display at the Elastic Arts Gallery at 2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue. In January of 2011 he had a one-person show “The Blues Series” at the Chicago Cultural Center. His paintings are currently on display at the Underground Wonder Bar, 710 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.

His commitment to improvisation has led Lance to become truly a “performing artist”. He has painted and drawn to live music in nightclubs and theaters throughout the Chicagoland area. He has painted to The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir at Shubas, Eddy Clearwater’s Blues Band at Bill’s Blues in Evanston and to Strauss, Bach and Beethoven at the Skokie Theater in Skokie, Illinois. Lance has taught his technique of Drawing as Meditation and Improvisation at the North Shore Senior Center in Northbrook, Illinois. He gives private guitar lessons from his studio in Chicago and, as a faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music, he teaches Guitar for Singer Songwriters as well as giving workshops in Songwriting as Meditation and Improvisation.

© Lance Brown 2013   -  lance@lancesart.com