Family Day Honors Aminah Robinson

Melissa Kossler Dutton
In this file photo taken Feb. 6, 2015, Aminah Robinson works in her home studio.

Celebrate the work of one of Columbus’ best-known artists this month at the King Arts Complex. Aminah Robinson, who combined traditional materials with found objects to create 2D and 3D works of art, had a studio at the complex early in her career. She died in 2015.

According to the Columbus Museum of Art, Robinson’s work is reflective of traditions that she learned from her parents as well as her art school training. She is known for her sculpture, painting, drawing and books, as well as larger, more complex works called RagGonNons. 

Her work and legacy will be celebrated at Aminah Robinson Family Day, a free event designed for all ages. Visitors can see pieces that are on display year-round at the King Arts Complex and also create art of their own. The third annual celebration began as a way to highlight Robinson’s art as well as her work in the African-American community of her Near East Side neighborhood, Poindexter Village.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave., in the King-Lincoln District of Columbus. For details, go to