Verna Hart was an expressionist painter who describes “jazz” as the medium of her work. She was acclaimed for her composed and improvised jazz paintings. Hart was a native New Yorker, born in the village of Harlem .
A dedicated artist whose works have been represented in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States and Africa, including public and private collections. Among the accomplishments and corporations which have commissioned works by Hart: MT A Arts for Transit Commission, Hanes Hosiery / Sara Lee Corporation, Absolut Vodka Commission, WBGO Jazz Logo Award, New Jersey Gubernatorial Portrait Commission, Jazz Charlotte Festival, The Romare Bearden Memorial Scholarship, Pratt Institute Assistantship, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Award, and recent First Place recipient in the Anguilla International Arts Festival ( a commemorative postal stamp of her work was created ). Even Hollywood notables have done their part in showcasing the genius of this talented artist. Bill Cosby had featured her works on the set of “Cosby Mysteries”. , Verna’s work can also be seen on “The Steve Harvey Show” and “New York Undercover”. Spike Lee featured her work in his first jazz film “Mo Better Blues”.