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Laurel art museum receives grant to purchase painting

Bannister was the first African American artist to receive a national award. (Photo source: Lauren Rogers Museum of Art) Bannister was the first African American artist to receive a national award. (Photo source: Lauren Rogers Museum of Art)
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) to purchase “Landscape with Four Trees” by Edward Mitchell Bannister.

Through a new special initiative, the Dille Fund for Art Acquisition, the Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded a total of $125,800 in funding to organizations across the state to enhance visual art collections.

Bannister was the first African American artist to receive a national award. Although primarily known for his idealized landscapes and seascapes, Bannister also executed portraits, biblical and mythological scenes.

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