The Black Artists Art Collection of NFL Player and SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum Featured in the SMU Libraries Exhibit

Kelvin and Jessica Beachum are loaning ten paintings from their art collection to SMU’s Hamon Art Library for an exhibition from February 18 to May 22. Kelvin Beachum is an offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals and a graduate of SMU. Courtesy picture

The exhibition runs from February 18 to May 22

DALLAS (SMU) — Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and his wife, Jessica, are loaning ten paintings from their art collection to SMU’s Hamon Art Library for an exhibit Feb. 18-May 22. Each piece represents a unique visual narrative of the black experience.

“We share these pieces from our collection to bring recognition to the artists,” says Beachum. “We believe their brilliant work and shared insights will start a conversation and bring people together in new ways. We are thrilled to be stewards of their work as well as catalysts for promoting their views and their ideas.”

Jessica and Kelvin Beachum began acquiring art in 2013 to understand life through the lens of visual artists. Over nine years, they have amassed a significant collection of works by well-known and emerging artists.

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Dominic Chambers, “The Night is Our Friend”, oil on canvas.

The exhibition, “Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined/ Selections from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection,” features an oil on canvas painting by Dominic Chambers, recently included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list as one of the most exciting emerging artists of his generation. Painting by artist Ryan Cosbert, Mayhem #2, is part of a series she started after the death of George Floyd in 2020. Multidisciplinary artist Robert Hodge has used paper salvaged from sidewalks and movie posters in his Houston neighborhood for his work, The revolution will not be televised.

Other artists represented in the exhibition include Mario Moore, Robert Pruitt, Nelson Makamo, Delita Martin, Sungi Mlengeya, Athi-Patra Ruga and Ferrari Sheppard. “A glimpse into the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum family collection reveals an artistic world of hope, black joy, reality and aspiration,” says exhibition curator Valerie Gillespie.

The exhibition will take place in the Mildred Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library of SMU. Located within the Owen Arts Center, the exhibit will inspire arts students as well as off-campus visitors. Exhibiting artists Dominic Chambers, Ryan Cosbert and Robert Hodge will visit students in studio art classes as well as students studying the history of civil rights in the United States and traveling on the same civil rights pilgrimage that inspired Beachum as an SMU student.

About Jessica and Kelvin Beachum

Kelvin Beachum graduated from SMU in 2010 with a BA in Economics and earned a Masters of Liberal Studies in Organizational Dynamics in 2012. A four-year starter as an offensive tackle for SMU Mustang football, he continues to serve his alma mater as a as a member of the Boards of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Lyle School of Engineering. Named SMU’s Emerging Leader in 2018, Kelvin honored the late Dennis Simon, his political science professor and mentor, by endorsing SMU’s annual civil rights pilgrimage in Simon’s name.

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, Kelvin played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and now the Arizona Cardinals during his 10-year NFL career. Twice nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, Beachum is an advocate for equity in education and business, ending hunger, providing access to clean water and encouraging underrepresented youth to pursue STEAM disciplines. Beachum also sits on the Tate Foundation’s African Acquisitions Committee.

Jessica Beachum graduated from Baylor in 2011 with a degree in sociology. She received her BS in Nursing in 2017 from Duquesne University and her Masters in Health Care Delivery in 2021 from Arizona State University.


EXPOSURE: “Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined/ Selections From the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection”

TIMES AND DATES: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday; noon to 5 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday. Exhibition from February 18 to May 22.

LOCATION AND PARKING: Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. Visitor parking.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Hamon Arts Library, 214-768-3813.

RENOVATION ENTRANCE: Enter the Owen Arts Center through the south entrance due to building renovations.


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