About Reba Dickerson-Hill

Biography – Reba Dickerson-Hill

Media: Watercolor; Sumi-e; Pen & Ink; Acrylic; Graphics; Oil

Artist Reba Dickerson-Hill

Philadelphia native Reba Dickerson-Hill was a prolific life-long artist who exhibited extensively in the United States and Internationally. She was recognized as an artistic virtuoso who received numerous awards, citations and honors in her lifetime. Among them The Andrew Wyeth Watercolor Prize, The National design Award, The Sumi-e Society of America Purchase prize and Pearl Award.

Highly talented and skilled in a variety of media, (watercolor, oil, Sumi-e, pen & ink, pastels, and  acrylics); and a master calligrapher and sculptress), the broader art world found it difficult to categorize her genius.


  • National Design Award
  • First Prize Oils: L.F.B
  • Andrew Wyeth Award- Watercolor 1980
  • Sumi-e Society of America A.S.F. Prize 1983
  • Purchase Prize: The Annual Exhibition -Oriental Brush Painting
  • 1986 Citation and Honors as a Master Artist Mayor of Philadelphia


  • Joseph A. Mack Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Continental Bank, Chestnut Hill, PA
  • The Bank of Chester County, PA
  • Cathedral Village, Andorra, PA June 1984
Artist Reba Dickerson-Hill's-writing
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  • Ramon Fina: Chinese Kinaesthetic Chinese watercolor
  • Shozo Sato: Exeter, England (Sumi-e)
  • Roppe Matsumoto; Oriental Brush Painting -Exeter, England
  • Elizabeth Robinson, Oriental Brush Painting Eisenstadt. Austria
  • Shozo Sato, Master Class, Eisenstadt, Austria


  • State Teachers College: Cheyney University -BS Ed. Pendle Hill Advanced Cultural Center, Wallingford, PA
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA-Graduate Study Elementary Ed
  • University of Pennsylvania Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
  • University of the Arts.
  • Philadelphia College of Art


  • Artist Equity
  • Who’s Who Encyclopedia of American Oriental Brush Painters
  • Philadelphia Watercolor Club
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D. C.
  • Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.
  • Sumi-e Club of America, Inc.
  • Sumi-e Society of America, Inc., VA Chapter
  • Japan Society of-America Sumi-e Club, Inc. N.Y.C
  • Watercolor Club: a life member
  • Charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. National Conference of Artists, Philadelphia Chapter.


  • Encyclopedia of American Sumi-e Artists; Tokyo. Japan
  • Legal Intelligencer— Philadelphia, PA
  • NBC TV: Guest Artist interview
  • Art Editor/Cover Artist, Journal for New Teachers, Philadelphia, Board of Education
  • American References: Who’s Who in Contemporary American Artists, Chicago, IL.
  • Illustrator (medical): J B Lippincott Publishers


  • Cheyney University, Fine Arts Department
  • Teen Workshops— Ocean County NJ
  • Workshops for Young Artist Glouster County, NJ
  • Workshops and Seminar for the Docents of the Afro—American
  • Historical and Cultural Museum. Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

  • 1960, 1977 Atlanta University, Atlanta GA
  • 1960 Philadelphia Urban League
  • 1960 Artcraft Gallery Philadelphia, PA
  • 1960 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1965-’55, ’73, ’79, ’84, ’85 Allens Lane Arts Center, Chestnut Hill, PA
  • 1967-1968 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1969 Pennsylvania State University
  • 1969 National Bank of Washington, Washington, DC
  • 1970 LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1971 National Exhibition-“Black Artists” Smith-Mason Gallery, Washington, DC
  • 1971 “Salute to Black Artists” Invitational Exhibition-New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • 1971 Aesthetic Dynamics, Washington, DC
  • 1974 African-Caribbean Heritage, Wilmington, DE
  • 1976 Architects Building, 17th & Sansom Sts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1978-1979 New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • 1978-’79-’82 Woodmere Gallery, Chestnut Hill, PA
  • 1979 Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1979 Franklin Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1979 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1979 Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
  • 1979 Hill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1979, 1981 The Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1980-1987 Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1980 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY
  • 1981 The Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1981 Governor’s Mansion Exhibition, Harrisburg, PA
  • 1981 World Health Organization, Washington, DC
  • 1982, ’83 Ocean City Art Center, Ocean City, NJ
  • 1982 The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC
  • 1983 Antioch University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1983 Cape May Art Center, Cape May, NJ
  • 1983 Pavilion Gallery-Abstract Artists Exhibition, NJ
  • 1983, 1984 The Germantown Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1983 WFLN Channel 12 Headquarters
  • 1984 Bell Telephone Exhibit
  • 1984 Mellon Bank Group Show
  • 1985 Salmagundi Club-Sumi-e Society of America Exhibition, New York
  • 1986 Beaver College, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1986 Temple University Law School- Invitational
  • 1986 The National Arts Club, New York City
  • 1986 Kinkaleba Gallery “The Unbroken Circle”
  • 1986 The Cork Gallery- Japanese American Club Exhibition, Lincoln Center, NY
  • 1987 Seven Afro-American Artists of Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1987 Expressions of Excellence, Pittsburg, PA
  • 1987 University of Exeter, Exeter England
  • 1988 Esterhazy Palace, Eisenstadt, Austria
  • 1988 Afro-American Historical
  • 1989 Arnesen Gallery Vail, CO
  • 1985 68th Annual Philadelphia Watercolor Club,
  • Woodmere Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church Pro-Arts Society
  • Sumi-e Society of America, Salmagundi Club, New York City
  • October Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gallery 309, Trenton, NJ
  • The Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA
  • DeShong Museum of Widner University, Chester, PA
  • Liberty Federal Savings & Loan, Inc, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bank of Chester County, Chester County, PA
  • Greenleaf Galleries, City Line, Philadelphia
  • The Gallery, Barnegat Light, NJ
  • The Curtis Gallery, Seattle WA
  • Eleuthera, Bahamas
  • Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA’
  • Artists’ Equity-Waterworks Annual


  • Executive Offices: First Pennsylvania Bank, Philadelphia, PA 1977
  • Atlanta University: Atlanta, GA 1977
  • Cheyney University: Leslie Pinkney Hill Library, Cheyney, PA 1978
  • Executive Offices: American Frame Corporation
  • Executive Offices: Philadelphia, PA 1983
  • Executive Offices, International Airport, Philadelphia, PA
  • William King Philadelphia, PA
  • Sammy Davis. Jr.
  • Evangelical Manor PA 1980
  • Executive Offices Corestates Bank/ 1st Pennsylvania Bank
  • Executive Offices: A.S.F. Sales Co, New York 1978
  • Philadelphia International Airport 1985
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Germany
  • Bermuda
  • Bahamas
  • Virgin Islands- St Thomas