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Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. "Rosa Park Series"

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is a computer programmer turned printmaker. He received an MFA  in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin.
He is very much concerned about race as a key issue of our time and reflects this concern through his personal choice of themes and subjects. He also wishes to reconnect people with the art of the poster where he articulately amplifies the power of the spoken word and the visual image when they are combined.
In this collection, he highlights quotes of Rosa Parks that shows the breadth and depth of her thought and her lifelong commitment to a variety of social justice issues.

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Brenda Joysmith "Wishes and Willows"

Brenda Joysmith is an artist from Tennessee who spent more than two decades in California before returning to her home state. Her artwork captures the myriad ways African Americans live their lives in positive life affirming ways, not as victims of distress and disaster. Like her name, her art shows joy.
She depicts black life with a strong southern sensibility that recalls the rural roots that many share. She captures children at play, women quilting, men watching in a world of porches and gardens-all of the ordinary activities that bind our communities together..

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Romare Bearden: "Mountaintop (MLK)"

Romare Bearden was born in North Carolina and grew up in New York City. During the summers he spent time in Pittsburg as well as North Carolina. His style evolved throughout his career. Stylistically he began with political cartooning but moved through social realism, cubism, abstraction, until in the late 1950s he settled on collage. Through his collages, he developed a "visual language" where he could present the complexity of black life without clichés and stereotypes. Bearden presented the specifics of black existence that were firmly grounded in universal human truths.

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Harold D. Smith, Jr. "Vibrant Trumpet"

Harold Smith is an educator from Kansas City who is also an active artist. Mr. Smith draws inspiration from the Kansas City music scene, especially Jazz and Blues. By using vivid, vibrant colors, jagged edges and sharp angles, Mr. Smith captures the deeply soulful feeling in blues and the "hot" frenetic pace of jazz. Each artist is portrayed in his/her own unique way preserving the tradition of the soloist as well as recognizing the place of the ensemble.

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