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Coni Minneci , Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998), 2003-2006; oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches; Courtesy of the Artist

Coni Minneci , Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998), 2003-2006; oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches; Courtesy of the Artist

The title “Queen Mother” of African American Art was bestowed upon her by her students and admirers. Struggles against prejudice and criticism of her work forced her to have multiple identities, so too the pear.