Welcome to the Homepage of Wilhelmina Grant-Cooper
I transform found objects into art and spark viewers' creativity through discussion and hands-on activities.
In 2021 I will continue to promote community involvement and increase adult participation in arts activities while providing information regarding greater health and wellbeing
Although I have received recognition, awards and accolades in response to many years of advocacy work and visibility as a cancer survivor in the community, my intended goal in creating SISTAAH has simply been an effort to inform and encourage others. I am blessed with the opportunity to share art experiences with you and have created a website for that purpose. I hope to see you at an arts exhibition and/or artmaker workshop in the near future.
In the meantime, I wish you health, peace, courage, joy and evolution of mind and spirit.
Wilhelmina ‘Obatola’ Grant-Cooper is a self-taught, Harlem-based visual artist, arts instructor and author. Wilhelmina creates assemblages using mixed-media and found objects which she repurposes into visual art. Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of her work are reflective of her interpretations of contemporary social concerns, namely: urban issues, and women’s health matters with a focus on breast cancer awareness. Wilhelmina has mounted numerous solo exhibitions in Harlem, Texas and Alaska, and has participated in group exhibitions at numerous venues throughout New York, the east coast and Alabama.
Wilhelmina is the founder of SISTAAH, Inc. (Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art and Advocacy for Health), an arts-based non-profit organization which seeks to inform, encourage and facilitate access to early detection of breast cancer by connecting the medically underserved to free screening services. Using SISTAAH, Inc. as a platform, Wilhelmina has launched two successful grant-funded community art projects: Saving Our Sisters in the African American Community, and the Harlem Hand Fan Initiative.
In 2010 Wilhelmina was honored with three prestigious awards for art: The Black Art Makers Award of National Conference of Artists, The Women’s History Month Creative Power of Women Award presented by New York State Senator Bill Perkins, and The Alain Locke Art & Action Award presented by The Harlem Arts Alliance. She was also a NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll Honoree.
Her arts instruction undertakings included assignments as artist-in-residence at The Ralph Lauren Cancer Center and as a Creative Center at University Settlement artist-in-residence wherein she used the arts to nurture the creativity of cancer patients, their families and staff in a public hospital setting. She currently guides elder participants through arts activities at senior centers in Washington Heights, Upper East Side and Brooklyn.
In 2017, SISTAAH received a Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grant to implement arts workshops at no cost to participants.
She has self-published her first book, A Feeling of Fullness: Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer (2016, Xlibris Publishing Company) which chronicles the journey from the nearly-missed breast cancer diagnosis at age 37 through her present-day life as an artist/author/health awareness advocate. The book features color photographs of visual art which relate to the topic of early detection, advocacy and cancer survivorship.
Some collectors of her artwork include: Alice Walker, President Bill Clinton, Vy Higginson, Hoda Kotb, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, Heath Gallery and Universal Studios.
Wilhelmina Grant is a native New Yorker and a resident of Harlem. As a mixed-media assemblage artist, she uses discarded or found objects which she repurposes into visual art. Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of her work are reflective of her interpretations of contemporary social issues, namely: gentrification, violence against women and breast cancer awareness. Aside from numerous solo exhibitions, Wilhelmina has participated in many group exhibitions in and around New York City, the east coast, Texas and Alabama. It is Wilhelmina’s sincere hope to have an impact on the community through the realm of visual art.
During her career as a gynecological teaching associate, Wilhelmina shared her knowledge and expertise by providing demonstration, guidance and feedback, as she trained more than 1,200 medical students, nurse practitioners and physicians to perform patient-sensitive breast and pelvic examinations in medical schools and hospitals throughout New York State. As a fashion model, Wilhelmina worked in France, Germany and New York in runway shows, designer showrooms and appeared in numerous print advertisements and magazines
Wilhelmina also worked as a flight attendant at Trans World Airlines for 17 years. She has traveled extensively and attended numerous symposia and conferences relating to cancer in the United States (including Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, Honolulu and Washington, D.C.) and Europe. She has facilitated workshops at the Paoli Peer Leadership Conference in Princeton, New Jersey, at the First World Conference on Breast Cancer Advocacy in Brussels, Belgium, and was the keynote speaker at The Witness Project First Annual Luncheon in Norwalk, Connecticut.
I am humbled and thrilled to be the first artist to be interviewed in the 2020 Stay Home Open Studios by NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) as the 2020 Uptown Artstroll goes virtual.
I appreciate the collaboration between community partners: Word Up Bookstore, Sister's Uptown Bookstore, Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)
Medcastplus is a show on Brooklyn Public Television with intent to bring more health awareness to the community. Check out Part 1 and Part 2.
CUNY-TV Channel 75 Study With The Best, 2011
Artful Tribute to 13 African-American Women
Ronnie Eldridge, Sara Porath and Wilhelmina Grant discuss Documentary Film: I'm Not Alone
Are you planning a special event? Are you looking for an arts workshop for your senior center, church group or gathering of friends? Send me a message about your plans, and I will get back to you soon! email: firstname.lastname@example.org