Southern University Museum of Art Shreveport (SUMAS) will host “Life, Landscapes, and Abstracts” featuring artwork from North Louisiana artist, Frank Kelley Jr. The Black History Month exhibit opening reception is on February 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event location is at the Downtown Metro Center on 610 Texas Street, Suite 110, in Shreveport. The Northside Elementary African Drumline and Dance Troupe are the entertainment for the event.
The event is FREE and open to the public. The exhibition will display the entire month of February. Museum Coordinator, Angelique Feaster Evans, said some kind words about artist Frank Kelley Jr.’s showing for Black History Month. She says, “SUMAS is honored to feature the collection of artist Frank Kelley, Jr. during Black History Month as his artwork provides vivid expressions of the African American experience while masterfully telling stories that resonate with the human experience.”
Some background on Mr. Frank Kelley, Jr. He was born in Northeast Louisiana and graduated from Grambling State University. He creates art that celebrates rural Louisiana, Southern life, jazz, landscapes, abstracts and figuratives. Through jazz figures, expressive Southern life and moving portraits, Kelley creates art that takes you on a journey. His work evokes different emotions from sorrow to struggle to hope and love. The art takes on many forms from current life to yesteryears. Private and corporate collectors have inquired his work around the world. To see more of his art work click here.
Kelley’s art work is in many homes around the globe. Some include famous entertainers, museums, corporations, political figures and private collectors. A few galleries his art is in include: New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Detroit, Switzerland and many more. In addition to making art, he also loves to teach and mentor youth about it. He has a non-profit organization called Youth Educational Arts Institute. It helps educate young people about the importance of art and the impact it can make on other people. Come out to this event to support Black History and art!
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