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Columbus Artist Aminah Robinson Remembered For Her Contributions

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Columbus Artist Aminah Robinson has died at age 75.

Columbus mourns a folk artist whose work was inspired by her childhood neighborhood. Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes says Aminah Robinson died Friday at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, where she'd been hospitalized for heart issues. She was 75.

Robinson was born in Columbus and grew up in Poindexter Village, a federal housing project on the city's east side. Poindexter replaced a ramshackle neighborhood called the Blackberry Patch where several of Robinson's relatives had lived.

Characters from these neighborhoods populate her cloth paintings.Born Brenda, she legally took the name Aminah in 1980 after a holy man gave her the name in Egypt in 1979. A former MacArthur Foundation fellow, her work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world.