Notable: Thomas Shillea’s Portraits of Coretta Scott King Acquired by The Smithsonian Museum

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Photographer on September 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm


Coretta Scott King

Tom Shillea has been a noted producer of impressive platinum print  images of which a number are classic portraits. His work is in several major museums and collections. One  portrait of Corretta Scott King is now bound for the Smithsonian.

The King portrait is one of nine of the civil rights icon taken by Shillea.  Three were recently accepted into the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), a part of the Smithsonian Institution.  Additionally, the pictures will be part of traveling exhibits and are to be posted on the museum’s public online education site.

Shillea photographed King in 1986 as part of a commission by the United States Information Agency’s "Portraits of Famous Americans" project. The artist’s portraits of President Ronald Reagan, Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek and businessman Malcolm Forbes are also included in this collection, designed to travel the world to educate people about American culture.  More than two decades later, Shillea mentioned the King pictures to Jacqueline Serwer, curator of the NMAAHC, a guest speaker at NCC.  Her interest led to the museum’s acquisition of the photographs.

His portrait work is truly "a work of art."

For more information: Tom Shillea


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