Jackson State University has partnered with the Mississippi Museum of Art to host the
Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art from March 28 through June 24, 2012.
The exhibition features 40 works by renowned African-American artists spanning a period of 150 years, including works by Jacob Lawrence, one of the country’s best-known 20th century African-American painters.
Evans, a Georgia art collector, began acquiring art in the 1970s with the purchase of a Jacob Lawrence portfolio of silkscreen prints. Other featured artists include Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Richard Hunt, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Horace Pippin, Charles White and Mississippi-native Sam Gilliam. This exhibition also includes 19th century artists Edward Mitchell Bannister, Robert Scott Duncanson and Mary Edmonia Lewis.
The collection is displayed in the museum’s Trustmark Grand Hall and William B. and
Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers said hosting the art collection supports the university’s mission to inspire and educate.
“We hope to engage the community with this important art collection as well as provide a meaningful cultural experience,” said Meyers. “The Mississippi Museum of Art is an exceptional partner in supporting those goals, and we are dedicated to continuing our collaboration well beyond this exhibit.”
Betsy Bradley, director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, said the museum is pleased to feature artwork from the Evans Collection.
“We are very excited about hosting this extraordinary exhibition in collaboration with Jackson State University in celebration of Dr. Meyers’ presidential inauguration,” Bradley said. “The Evans collection represents an incredibly wide range of artwork by many widely known African-American artists. The exhibition further offers the museum an opportunity to strengthen its partnership with Jackson State, as both institutions strive to present quality cultural programs to our community and state.”
The art exhibition’s opening coincided with Meyers’ inauguration festivities March 28-30. Meyers is Jackson State’s 10th president.
For more information about the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, visit http://www.msmuseumart.org or call 601-960-1515.
Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit http://www.jsums.edu.