DOMA to exhibit esteemed African-American art collection for the public



The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will exhibit Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis African American Art Collection, from September 23 to December 22, 2021.

Memories and inspirations presents more than 60 works selected from a collection of works of art accumulated over more than 35 years by Kerry and C. Betty Davis. Their collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas and Charles White.

Retired mailman Kerry and former TV news producer Betty have sacrificed many comforts to live with extraordinary paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The result of their sacrifices is an eclectic collection of pieces, in various mediums and different subjects and styles, by a diverse group of artists from the African Diaspora. These artists, in terms of training, experience and expression, are united in their use of cultural and historical narratives.

This special exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art; Arts Alive, presented by the College of Fine Arts; and the Sursa Fund from the College of Fine Arts at Ball State University.

Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis African American Art Collection was curated and toured by International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC

The David Owsley Museum of Art grants permission to use the images in the exhibition for the timely publication of the exhibition under the following conditions:

  • The artwork will not be cropped, detailed, overprinted or altered; and
  • Each work will be fully credited with the captions provided in the PDF also on file.

About the David Owsley Museum of Art

Free and open to the public, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a global art collection with more than 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the Americas. DOMA cultivates lifelong learning and leisure in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging exhibits from the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the university and the region of east-central Indiana.

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  • Location: 2021 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie, Indiana
  • Reception hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking is available at the McKinley car park and MITS bus stops are nearby. DOMA is located in the Fine Arts building on the north side of the Quad at Ball State University. For more information, call the museum at 765-285-5242 or email [email protected]

About the Davis collection

Kerry Davis, originally from Atlanta, Ga., Is a former U.S. Air Force sergeant, a retired United States Postal Service carrier, and an ordained deacon. He began collecting in the mid-1980s in partnership with his wife, Betty, who shared his passion for art. Originally started with the modest goal of improving the interior decor of their mid-century split-level home in suburban Atlanta, the Davises Collection has grown to include more than 300 works by some of the Afro artists. – most distinguished Americans of the twentieth century.

Inspired by previous generations of African American art collectors, who understood the importance of preserving cultural expression, memory and imagery, Davis sought to contribute to this legacy and be a source of inspiration for other members of the community. The Davis Residence, nicknamed “In-Home Museum” by neighbors, parishioners and visiting friends, serves as a meeting place and cultural center for artists, collectors and art lovers. Kerry and Betty have two children and a granddaughter.

International arts and artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts services organization dedicated to increasing intercultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, institutions artistic and public. Visit

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