Sponsored by the John and Florence Newman Foundation.
During a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art in the mid-1980's, Harriet and Harmon Kelley came to the stark realization that they knew very little about African American art. This deeply affected them both, so much so that they began a life-long mission - some might say obsession - of acquiring and securing art dealing with African American culture. Dr. Kelley is so dedicated to their calling that he once decided against the purchase of a Ferrari in order to use that same money to purchase the Horace Pippin painting "Portrait of My Wife." The couple's famed collection represents a rare "crème de la crème" of African American art and has evolved over the past 30 years into the Harriet and Harmon Kelley Foundation for the Arts.