MONTGOMERY—Noted printmaker Amos Kennedy has donated an entire series of his art based upon the life and wisdom of Rosa Parks to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in honor of Parks' upcoming 100th birthday.
The exhibit consists of posters that display powerful quotes by Parks from throughout her life. The posters will be on display inside the Museum’s exhibit hall from Jan. 14 to Feb. 28. Prints of the posters will also be offered for sale in the museum shop, with all proceeds going to support the ongoing mission of the Rosa Parks Museum. Rosa Parks' 100th birthday is on Feb. 4.
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. With phrases ranging from "I was just trying to let them know how I felt about being treated as a Human Being," to "All I was doing was trying to get home from work," to the simple and poignant word "NO," the posters bring to life the words of Parks in a unique and compelling way, said Daniel Neil, museum curator.
"Mr. Kennedy has beautifully and colorfully rendered Ms. Parks' words into print/art via traditional letter-press printing," Neil said. "Mr. Kennedy's work is highly regarded not only for his commitment to craft, but also for his continuation of the democratic ideal of the freedom of the press. Mr. Kennedy's work frequently challenges concepts of race and freedom and his Rosa Parks series embodies some of his most powerful work on these themes to date."
A former computer programmer, Kennedy rose to prominence in the handmade print resurgence of the late 1990s that accompanied the DIY movement that also came to the fore during that same era. His studio is located in Gordo, Ala.