Albany State University to Feature New African American Art Exhibit

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Albany State University will feature pieces from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis African American Art Collection from today through August. Read more in the Albany State release below.

Albany State University (ASU) is pleased to announce the art exhibit Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art, celebrating the passion of an ordinary couple who spent over 35 years as devoted connoisseurs, building a collection of vivid works of art that are both resonant and remarkably personal. Memories & Inspiration will be on view at the Arthur R. Berry Gallery at ASU Dr. Joseph W. Holley Fine Arts Center from July 11 through August 24. Normal gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. , or by appointment. Please contact Charles Williams at [email protected] to inquire about individual or group tours.

The Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art consists of 67 works selected from a body of art accumulated over 35 years. Kerry, a retired postman, and Betty, a former television news producer, willingly gave up many ordinary comforts to live with extraordinary paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures as their chief luxuries. Their collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas and Charles White, but Kerry and Betty are not exclusively looking for well-known artists. known and/or documented. Rather, they focus on the more meaningful task of bringing together and preserving a range of artistic approaches to the black image, in order to console the psyche and contribute to a more authentic articulation of the self.

The result is an eclectic collection of pieces crossing different mediums, subjects and styles by a group of artists from the African diaspora who, in terms of training, experience and expression, are strikingly diverse yet unified in their use of narratives. cultural and historical. . As their collection grew, the Davises retained memories of discovering new works of art, forming friendships with artists, and conversing with museum professionals and other collectors in their homes. Memories & Inspiration brings together an impressive selection of works, but it is their personal resonance – their connection to the hopes, passions and daily lives of the Davises – that gives the collection its unique power.

Scheduled US tour dates for Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art can be found here.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION: Kerry Davis, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a former United States Air Force Sergeant, retired United States Postal Service carrier, and ordained deacon. He began collecting in the mid-1980s in partnership with his wife, Betty, who shared his passion for art. Originally started with the modest goal of improving the interior design of their mid-century two-level home in suburban Atlanta, the Davises’ collection has grown to over 300 works by some of the most popular Afro artists. -the most distinguished Americans of the 20th century. Inspired by previous generations of African American art collectors, who understood the importance of preserving cultural expression, memory and imagery, Davis sought to contribute to this legacy and be a source of inspiration. for other members of the community. The Davis Residence, dubbed the “Museum at Home” by neighbors, parishioners and visiting friends, serves as a meeting place and cultural center for artists, collectors and art lovers. Kerry and Betty have two children and a granddaughter.

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