Acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall to keynote The Collective's annual luncheon October 8

HOUSTON — Internationally-renowned artist Kerry James Marshall will Keynote the Community Artists’ Collective 3rd Annual Luncheon to be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop South, Thursday, October 8 at 11am. Beverly Harmon, Alton LaDay and Joy Sewing will serve as co-chairs of the event.

Carolyn Farb will receive the inaugural Lester Marks Patron of the Year Award for a lifetime of contribution to Houston's artists' community.

Marshall, recipient of a multitude of grants and awards, including the 1997 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics.

His works are in the permanent collections of more than 60 museums and corporate collections. Individual tickets for the Luncheon are $150-$500; table prices range from $1,500 to $5,000, and sponsorship packages begin at $5,000.

For more information contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or