Wonderfully Made: The Artis Collection of African American Art
January 18, 2020 - April 12, 2020Graphics Gallery
Flint natives Anthony J. and Davida J. Artis have been collecting African American art since 2009. They have a passion to share their collection and have done so locally, but this exhibition will be its first museum showing. Their collection now totals more than 70 works, mostly prints, but also watercolors and drawings. According to the couple, they have collected art with the themes of faith, family, and faces and “want people to be moved and inspired.” They are attracted to art that tells a story, especially as a means to educate, encourage, and engage the community. The exhibition features works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Mary Lee Bendolph, and Winfred Rembert.