Highlights: Selections from the Collection featuring the work of Robert Nathaniel Nesby Jr.
Feb 1, 2022
The permanent collection at MCC Art Gallery includes works by Robert Nathaniel Nesby Jr., like this one entitled “Hoe Hands Man-Going”, which is a lithograph that is 28 by 22 inches, dated to the 1970s. A pastor at the First Institutional Baptist Church, a Professor of Philosophy at MCC and an Associate Professor of History at ASU, Nesby believed that “Art is a very basic expression. It liberates, expands, cleanses and strengthens the human spirit”. Nesby was a graduate of the University of Colorado as well as the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in addition to being active in many civic, school and fraternal organizations. He was known for his efforts to improve interracial attitudes and practices. He lived from 1932-79 and had an incredible impact on the students, parishioners and the communities that he served.