African-American Art Exhibition at Misericordia’s Pauly Friedman Gallery


Misericordia University presents a selection of works from the Harmon and Kelley Collection in San Antonio, Texas, one of the nation’s premier collections of African-American art, on display through Sunday, April 10.

The 40 works on paper in this exhibition date from the early 1900s to 2002 and feature works by renowned artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Henry Johnson and Alma Woodsey Thomas.

The Kelleys personally selected each drawing, print or painting for its ability to share African-American history and creativity with viewers. Being able to present this exhibition has special meaning for Mrs. Harriet O’Banion Kelley, whose nephew Charles Louis O’Banion, who died in 2019, graduated from Misericordia University in 2006. This traveling exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, California.

The presentation of this exhibition at Misericordia University was made possible in part by the Sandra Dyczewski Maffei Endowment Fund for Modern Visual Arts.

A free public reception is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Live music will feature singers Wendy Hinton and LaToya Martin, accompanied by Patrick Temple, Assistant Professor of Guitar at Misericordia University.

Space is limited. RSVP required by contacting Alexandra Svab Isaac at (570) 674-8422 or [email protected]

Regular gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. Admission is always free for everyone. Masks are mandatory inside campus, regardless of vaccination status. Please check the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery website for any changes in protocols and updates to art gallery events and schedule. Free tours led by gallery director Lalaine Little are available on request.

To schedule a private viewing or appointment, or for more information, please contact Alexandra Svab Isaac at [email protected] or (570) 674-8422.


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