July 10 – ALBANY – Albany State University announced in a press release that an art exhibit for “Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art,” celebrating the passion of an ordinary couple who passed on more than 35 years. years as a devoted connoisseur, building a collection of living artworks that are both resonant and intensely personal, will be displayed in the Arthur R. Berry Gallery in the ASU Fine Arts Center Dr. Joseph W. Holley until August 24.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or by appointment. Interested persons may contact Charles Williams at [email protected] to inquire about individual or group visits.
“Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art” consists of 67 works selected from a collection of art collected over 35 years. Kerry Davis, a retired postman, and Betty Davis, a former television news producer, gladly gave up many ordinary comforts in order to live with extraordinary paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures as their chief luxury.
Their collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas and Charles White, but the Davises do not exclusively seek to recognize and/or documented artists. Rather, the Davises say, they focus on the more meaningful task of collecting and preserving a variety of artistic approaches to the black image in order to comfort the psyche and contribute to a more authentic articulation of the self.
The result is an eclectic assemblage of pieces that cut across different media, themes and styles from a group of artists of the African diaspora who – in terms of training, experience and expression – are remarkably diverse yet unified in their use of cultural narratives and historical.
As their collection grew, so did the Davises’ storehouse of memories of discovering new works of art, forming friendships with artists, and conversing with museum professionals and other collectors in their home. “Memories & Inspiration” brings together a selection of stunning works, but it’s their personal resonance—their connection to the Davises’ hopes, passions, and everyday life—that gives the collection its unique power.
Kerry Davis, originally from Atlanta, is a former United States Air Force Sergeant, a retired carrier with the United States Postal Service, and an ordained deacon. He began collecting art in the mid-1980s in partnership with his wife, Betty, who shared his passion.
Originally started with the modest goal of enhancing the interior decoration of their mid-century suburban Atlanta home, the Davises’ collection has grown to more than 300 works by some of the most prominent African-American artists of the 20th century. – of. Inspired by previous generations of African American art collectors who understood the importance of preserving cultural expression, memory and imagery, Davis strives to contribute to this legacy and be a source of inspiration to others in the community.
The Davis Residence — called a “Museum at Home” by visiting neighbors, parishioners and friends — serves as a meeting place and cultural center for artists, collectors and art enthusiasts. Kerry and Betty have two children and a granddaughter.
International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services for artists, arts institutions and the public. For more information, visit ArtsandArtists.org.