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Impressive “Kinsey Collection” to Visit Arkansas

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is pleased to host The Kinsey Collection II: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, in its first visit to Arkansas. A national touring exhibit, the collection of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts express the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. With education as its goal, The Kinsey Collection, which has been recognized with three national awards including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services, has been on national tour since 2007 and has been seen by over 3 million viewers. A portion of the collection is currently on display in the American Pavilion of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The Kinseys began collecting as a way to remember their travels, but their collection soon became a repository for African American intellectual, historical and artistic works. The Kinsey Collection contains documents and artifacts that span nearly four centuries and exposes the masses to the hardships and the triumphs of the African American experience. The Kinseys feel their collection helps give a well-rounded look at the roles African Americans played in building this country, providing new perspectives on the nation’s history. “Our collection brings to light the extraordinary triumphs and accomplishments of our ancestors, and in doing so gives these individuals a voice, a personality and a name,” said Bernard Kinsey.

The Kinsey Collection II: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey is made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, funded by the Arkansas Real Estate Transfer Tax. The exhibition, beginning April 2016, will mark the first time the collection has visited Arkansas.

[Pictured,clockwise starting with top left:"Untitled," (1951) by artist Hughie Lee-Smith is currently on display at Walt Disney World in Orlando.  "Four Cows in a Meadow," oil on canvas, by Edward Mitchell Bannister (1893) is part of "African American Treasures" from The Kinsey Collection at Mississippi State University. Lithographed print titled “The 41ST and 42ND U.S. Congress,” Currier and Ives, New York (1872).Oil on canvas, "The Cultivators" by Samuel Dunson is part of "African American Treasures" from The Kinsey Collection at Mississippi State University.