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The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano

July 26, 2018 - September 22, 2018


Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are guided by the principals of “to whom much is given, much is required”, and strive to live “a life of no regrets”. Brought together by activism and married more than five decades, the successful couple has raised millions of dollars for numerous organizations and college programs, including their alma mater, Florida A&M University. They have a passion for sharing the story of African American achievement and contribution, and in one of the largest private collections of African American art and history, have amassed artifacts, ephemera and artwork spanning over 500 years. Together with their son Khalil (General Manager and Curator), and with education as the focus, the Kinsey family see themselves as caretakers, sharing what they’ve collected with museum visitors around the world.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection has been on national tour since 2007, and has been seen by over 10 million visitors. The collection has exhibited in 24 museums across the country, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and has been cited in 3 national awards including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services.

A special exhibit, titled Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from The Kinsey Collection was displayed at EPCOT, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from 2013 – 2018, the first private collection to show in the American Adventure Pavilion. Most recently, the collection made its international debut in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong University Museum and Fine Arts Gallery.

From July 26th – September 23rd, 2018, a selection of artworks and objects from The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection will be on view at the ArtCentre of Plano. The exhibition focuses on the important cultural significance of the era that became known as the Harlem Renaissance (1918-37), and highlights the brilliant community of scholars, artists, writers, and activists that made it so.

Visitors to The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano will have the opportunity to view important contributions to the literary, theatrical, and visual arts – featuring works from such figures as:

  • William H. Johnson
  • Paul Robeson
  • Palmer Hayden
  • Lois Mailou Jones
  • Charles White
  • WEB Dubois
  • Dr. Alain Locke
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston – and many more.

The exhibit will also showcase many primary source objects and ephemera, that give visitors a look into the history and politics surrounding the era.

Photo courtesy of ArtCentre Plano.


July 26, 2018
September 22, 2018
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ArtCentre of Plano
902 E 16th Street
Plano, TX 75074 United States
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