BOCA RATON — A prominent Florida landscape painter crossed color lines during decades of segregation and influenced a group of African-American artists, and the works that tell their stories will be on display this month at Florida Atlantic University.
The exhibit, on display Sept. 16-Nov. 19 at Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, is centered around the late A.E. “Beanie” Backus, a legendary landscape painter who lived in Fort Pierce. Backus taught dozens to paint and allowed many to work from his home studio, including a group of 26 African-American artists known as the Highwaymen.
“A.E. Backus and Florida’s Highwaymen: History, Commerce and Art” consists of paintings, photographs, wall texts and artifacts that detail the career of Backus and his influence on the Highwaymen during Jim Crow segregation. The gallery also will host historians during events that will explore the social and political significance of these artists.
When: Sept. 16-Nov. 19. The University Galleries’ Ritter Art Gallery at FAU is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton
How much: The exhibit is free, but parking costs $2 at the visitor lot outside the university library.
For more details on the events and exhibition, visit Ritter Art Gallery’s website.