Gordon Parks, a Kansas native, is a well-known photographer, composer, writer and filmmaker. What is less known is that he was also a painter.

A new exhibition that opened Sept. 22, “Gordon Parks Signature Collection – Images From The Soul,” at the Kansas African American Museum, highlights 11 prints from a special series of 50 original paintings by Parks.

The technique he used to create each print in this series is testament to the creative genius that he was. The combination of painted landscape and found object or human figure creates a surreal image that could only come from the soul of an artist.

The exhibition consists of 12 stunning prints from TKAAM’s permanent collection, seven of which were donated by the late Jo Zakas, local philanthropist and art collector. Also included are four prints generously loaned for the exhibition by local collector, Dr. Matt Goltl.

In addition, the exhibition includes five prints from his body of work spanning 1965-2006.

An exhibit opening reception will be held on Sat., Sept. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Marcia McCoy, long-time friend of Parks and curator of the exhibition, will talk about curating the exhibit. In addition, the reception will also serve as an introduction of new TKAAM Executive Director, Denise Sherman.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through Jan. 19, 2019.

The Kansas African American Museum is located at 601 N. Water, Wichita, KS. Museum hours are: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.

RUNS: Until Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

WHAT: Rare paintings by Park’s and other selected prints spanning 1965-2006

AT: The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water, Wichita, KS

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