Columbus Arts Council – Now Showing in the Gallery “Vibrations of Color” by Kennith Humphrey

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cac-kennith-humphreyNow Showing in the Gallery “Vibrations of Color” by Kennith Humphrey

Kennith currently resides in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the town of his birth. But in his thirty something years, he has lived in New York, St. Louis, Denver, Mobile, and Baton Rouge working along the way as a carpenter, shingler for Sears, electronic technician, tower climber, and landscaper. His journey as an artist began at home in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

“My whole family is very creative,” Kennith says. Among the art that hung on the walls of his childhood home was a painting by an uncle, which made the idea of being an artist realistic and attainable. Outside the home, he did not find as much enthusiasm for his dream. He feels he was held back in grammar school because he was much more interested in drawing and painting than the more mundane lessons his teachers had to offer. As he aged, his passion continued for art rather than studies.

Describing himself as a self-taught artist, he found a mentor in his half brother, the late William Tolliver, a successful artist. “He showed me a lot of things about painting.”

The subject matter of most of Kennith’s oils on canvas and pastel/acrylics on paper are African-American figures involved in the activities of daily life working, loving, playing music, and just living. But the people depicted are not ordinary in appearance. Stylized, sometimes cubist, the way they embody the emotion of their activity elevates them to iconic or mythic proportions. “What I paint depends on my emotions that day.”


Artist Alley features artwork from Katie McDill’s West Lowndes Elementary Art Students in an exhibit titled “Hands in Action.” “Oscar the Owl” by Santoria Malone, 3rd Grade & “Scary Scarecrow” by Antonio Rice, 1st Grade.

Deck the Holiday Card Art Contest Winner will be the official 2013 Columbus Arts Council Holiday Card


Visit our website for Deck the Holiday Card entry form

More artist open call opportunities…

Three open call shows that will be happening at the Columbus Arts Council between November 2013 and January 2014.

The first is our annual “ARTfordable” show that will hang in our main gallery during November and December. Artists are allowed to submit up to six pieces, each priced $100 or below.

The second is “Picture Columbus” which will hang in Artist Alley during December. Artists are allowed to submit up to two pieces, both of which must embody Columbus in some way (paintings/photographs of Columbus, sculptures made out of items found around Columbus, etc.)

The third is a civil rights themed open call which will hang in Artist Alley in January. Artists are allowed to submit up to two pieces for this show that answer the question, “If you had to march on Washington in 2014, what would you march for?”

Entry forms for these open calls, can be found at our website at

Questions? Contact Aislinn Noltie at