Co-director, Romare Bearden Foundation
Johanne Bryant-Reid, co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation, works to preserve and perpetuate the artistic and intellectual legacy of the Romare Bearden, a twentieth century visual artist known for his collages. Her work includes exhibitions preparation, public education program execution, grants administration for young upcoming artists, symposium management, catalogue preparation, and fundraising.
Bryant-Reid has a BS in psychology and has completed independent study in arts education. She joined the board of the Foundation in 2002 and became co-director in 2009. With co-director Diedra Harris-Kelley, she executed a 2012 partnership with Macy's showcasing Bearden's art in twelve major markets. In 2010 she organized the symposium "Bearden in the Public Realm" at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, bringing together twenty-two scholars and artists to explore Bearden's work outside the studio, including editorial cartoons, printmaking, and murals in the public realm.
Bryant-Reid spent twenty-five years as a human resources professional with Merrill Lynch as executive recruiter to first vice president and senior director at OSG Human Resources, where her staff of 350 managed international and domestic human resources for over 12,000 employees. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Johanne managed a successful minority recruitment firm.
Bryant-Reid studies and enjoys music, film, and fine art. She has served as a board member for Artist Space, The Women's Center, and West Virginia University Foundation, her alma mater. She is a member of the Bergen County New Jersey Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, a founding member of the Teaneck International Film Festival, and a member of the Bergen County New Jersey African American Advisory Committee.
Bryant-Reid received the Black Achievers in Industry Award, the Hall of Fame Award for the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, and special recognition for her fundraising efforts for the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.