August 5 - November 20, 2015

National Civil Rights Museum • State of Tennessee Gallery
During hours of operation • included with admission


A Heritage Preserved: African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection is an exhibition of master artworks that capture traditions, achievements, and beliefs that are a part of the African American experience. A Heritage Preserved highlights the importance of collecting and exhibiting artworks to continue legacies.

African American artists have a history of creating works that address times of joy and adversity. These individuals have contributed to the diverse cultures represented within the United States by using art to speak about discrimination, identity, politics, power, pride, and more. Yet, artists do more than simply provide a counter-narrative about dominant social ideals and events. They create a space for dialogue, for new ideas to take form, or for conflicts to be mediated. In essence, artists help shape the world in which we live by offering the public the opportunity to see a range of perspectives and respond accordingly.

The artworks featured in A Heritage Preserved: African American Art from the Kimberly and Elliot Perry Collection illustrate the accomplishments, experiences, and traditions found within African American culture.


Thursday, August 27 • 6:00pm

By collecting and exhibiting the works of master artists of color from the twentieth century, Kimberly and Elliot are preserving a legacy of American history that will be remembered and enjoyed for generations to come.

Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members


Sunset Duet, Alma Thomas, 1976, Acrylic on Canvas, 48×36", Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry

Yellow and Black, Palmer Hayden, 1967, Oil on Canvas, 24×32", Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry

Final Study for Mother Earth, Ernie Barnes, 1999, Acrylic and Pencil on Paper, 41×49", Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry

Webbed Woman, Elizabeth Catlett, 1995, Bronze, 39x12x16", Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry