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Appleton to Display 75 Works from Arthur Primas Collection

PrimasMay 14, 2015 — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present “Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection” June 20 through Aug. 23, along with a series of related events.

The 75 works by more than 30 artists in this exhibition are a portion of the 300 works in the Arthur Primas Collection, Los Angeles. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, works on paper, graphics and documents that cover a period of 200 years.

The Harlem Renaissance brought forth an exuberance of music, literature, drama and art. The movement toward social realism and abstract formalism in art opened up paths of interpretation and expression in black art. Represented in the exhibition are prominent Harlem Renaissance artists Charles Alston, Richmond Barthe and Aaron Douglas, as well as artists carrying on their legacy ­– Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, Bob Thompson, Richard Mayhew and Bennie Andrews. These artists, many under the extreme pressure of an unresponsive public, brought forth important art that reflects the African-American experience and aesthetic.

For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit


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