African American art on display at The Johnson Collection Gallery

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – An exhibition celebrating award winning African American artists is at The Johnson Collection gallery in downtown Spartanburg.

The Johnson Collection Gallery will open the Excellence & Emancipation: African American Artists and the Harmon Foundation on Jan 20, and it will be open through March 6.

The Harmon Foundations distinguished achievement awards initiative was established in 1926 and open exclusively to African Americans working in music, literature, science and fine arts.

The nationally touring exhibits showcase artists as makers, teachers, historians and activists. The following will be featured: Charles AlstonWilliam ArtisRichmond BarthΓ©Leslie BollingWilliam CooperBeauford DelaneyAaron DouglasEdwin HarlestonPalmer HaydenMalvin Gray JohnsonWilliam H. JohnsonLoΓ―s Mailou JonesJames PorterWilliam ScottLaura WaringJames WellsEllis Wilson, and Hale Woodruff.

The 18 featured artists had profound influences on African American art in the early 20th century, according to TJC Gallery’s website.

Visit the gallery at 154 West Main Street in Spartanburg.

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