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Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art

February 4–May 14, 2023 | Fifth Third Gallery

Memories & Inspiration features selections from the private collection of Kerry and C. Betty Davis. For over 35 years, Mr. Davis, a retired postal worker, and Mrs. Davis, a former television news producer, have collected with a focus on diverse 20th- and 21st-century approaches to the Black image. According to Mr. Davis, “Our goal is to preserve cultural memories and provide the community with a source of inspiration.” The exhibition features approximately 60 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media by well-known African American artists Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas, and others.

Organized and toured by International Art & Artists, Washington, DC, Memories & Inspiration provides an example of a private collection formed by a singular vision. The Davis residence has been called “a museum in a home,” offering an enlightening comparison to Charles and Anna Taft’s own collection. The Davises’ collection reveals their hopes and passions, infusing Memories & Inspiration with tremendous personal power.

Experience the Exhibition

Enjoy special tours, behind-the-scenes insights, and more during this unique exhibition!

The Power Of...

Video Interview Series

For Memories & Inspiration we collaborated with seven local artists and art collectors on a video series called "The Power Of..." in which we sat down with them to learn more about their personal experiences in the world of art, how they work to preserve cultural memory, connect to our community, and much more. 

Signature Talk | Inspiring Community Through Art

Digital Access

Meet Kerry and C. Betty Davis, the collectors behind the exhibition Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art. This talk provides insight into what inspires their passions for art and for preserving cultural memory. 

Speakers: Kerry and C. Betty Davis, moderated by Louise Taft Semple President/CEO Rebekah Beaulieu


Supported by the Stanley and Frances D. Cohen Lecture Series

Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art is organized and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC

Exhibition Sponsors

The John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank
and John W. Hauck, Co-Trustees

The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Sutphin Family Foundation

Exhibition Support Generously Provided by

Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment
Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Endowment for Exhibitions

Presenting Media Sponsor

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