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Ayers Foundation donates book proceeds to Humanities Tennessee - Buy your copy today!

"The Art of Community" sales will benefit programs

Philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers have donated 500 copies of the recent book The Art of Community: Janet and Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, to Humanities Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Humanities Tennessee programs, including the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.

The book costs $35 and is available for online ordering here.

In the book, the Ayers share a special collection of Tennessee art by Tennessee artists, paying tribute to the spirit and sense of community which inspired them. The works in The Art of Community collection come from sixty artists who live in Tennessee or once called the state home.

"Jim and I are very proud of this collection of Tennessee artists," said Mrs. Ayers. "I believe the individual pieces convey a real sense of work, life and people, and the collection as a whole reflects the communities of Tennessee."  

Among the artists whose works are in the collection are: John Baeder, Ed Clark, Red Grooms, Warren Greene, K.P. Hargrove, Sylvia Hyman, Charles Ivey, Baldwin Lee, Emily Leonard, Megan Lightell, Mary Long-Postal, Edie Maney, Bruce Matthews, Marilyn Murphy, John Nikolai, Jerry Park, Christine Patterson, Haden Pickel, Hal Pickel, Ron Porter, Billy Renkl, Andrew Saftel, Jason Saunders, April Street, David Swanagin, TWIN, Dawn Whitelaw,  and Lain York.

“This generous gift will help Humanities Tennessee continue to bring outstanding programs to the citizens of our state,” said Serenity Gerbman, director of literature and language programs. “We’re grateful to the Ayers family, and to the individuals who support our programs through the purchase of this beautiful book.”