MONTGOMERY—The work of artist Ted Ellis, whose paintings explore the life and culture of African Americans in the south, will be featured in an exhibit at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in January.
“Our History, Heritage and Culture: An American Story, the Art of Ted Ellis,” will be on display at the museum from Jan. 13 through Feb. 24. Paintings featured in the exhibit include scenes of southern African American life during the early 20th century, as well as portraits of notable figures including Louis Armstrong and President Barak Obama.
Born in New Orleans, Ellis is a self-taught artist currently based out of Texas. Known for his impressionist style of paining, Ellis’s art has sold more than 1 million prints and posters worldwide, and he has completed commissions for several major corporations including Walt Disney Studios and Coca-Cola.
Ellis will discuss his art at the museum during an opening event on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Other special events coinciding with exhibit opening will be:
A live, on location painting of Rosa Parks’s Cleveland Court apartment by Ellis on Friday, Jan. 14., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of the public are invited to observe live as Ellis creates a new painting commemorating Parks’s former home.
A children’s workshop on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the museum. Ellis will work with select Montgomery-area youth to create a group painting that will become a permanent display at the Rosa Parks Museum.
For more information about the exhibit or upcoming events, contact museum curator Viola Moten at 334-241-8701. The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.