Inspiring Greatness Through Words and Deeds

Exhibition of Works by Artist Baret Boisson

June 11 - September 5, 2016

Standing at the intersection of history, fame, myth, and influence, Baret Boisson's art encourages viewers to reflect on how famous figures have had an impact on the lives of so many. In the series Inspiring Greatness, the artist's depictions of celebrated civil rights activists, politicians, sports figures, and entertainers combine images and text to create rich portrayals that make her an artist that defies easy categorization.

In the Inspiring Greatness Series, Boisson portrays historical figures who have left an indelible mark on the world. Whether fighting for civil and human rights or taking a stance in support of the labor movement, Boisson's subjects are all leaders whose actions have challenged others to work for social justice and political change.

Baret Boisson is a self-trained L.A. artist known for her portraits of historical figures from Abraham Lincoln to Rosa Parks as well as commissioned works for such notables as Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Fallon, Shonda Rhimesand Kathy Ireland. The National Civil Rights Museum is proud to premier two of Boisson's most recent works. Boisson is gifting the MLK, Jr., - I Have a Dream piece to the Museum.

The exhibition is curated by New York-based independent curator Christine Minas.

About Baret Boisson

Baret Boisson. Photo: © Isaac Hernandez Herrero/

Although she grew up in a creative environment, Baret Boisson did not pursue a career in art until well into adulthood. At a friend's home, she was invited to experiment with paints and a canvas, and before the evening was over, she had completed two paintings. Soon thereafter, she began to receive commissions, which helped launch her career.

As a self-trained artist, Boisson eschews efforts to label or define her style. For her, creating art is a very organic process. Boisson says, ";I never had to unlearn someone else's style. I have no desire to follow anyone else's artistic formula, for my art to be anything but a pure expression of who I am at this very moment in time."

MLK, Jr. – “I Have a Dream”, 2007

Acrylic and glitter on canvas

60 x 72 inches

Courtesy of the Artist

Promised gift to the National Civil Rights Museum


Rosa Parks On Bus, 2009

Mixed media on canvas

40 x 30 inches

Collection of Taylor Allen Vincent


Frederick Douglass, 2015

Acrylic paint on found cigar box

8 x 10 ½ x 2 inches

Courtesy of the Artist


Harriet Tubman, 2015

Acrylic paint and glitter on found cigar box

7 x 9 x 2 inches

Courtesy of the Artist


Sojourner Truth, 2016

Acrylic paint on found cigar box

8 ½ x 9 x 2 inches

Courtesy of the Artist