Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity
The Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection
Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity presents viewers with a journey of humanistic experiences, discovery, and expression through selections from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection. Form meets content in variations of curated images where connectivity, process, and practice take shape through an array of mediums, each unique to the artist. Aesthetics pay tribute to culture, identity, and the lived experience in each breathtaking composition within this memorable and notable collection. Portraiture, abstraction, and figurations serve as vessels for themes surrounding race, power, society, and the lived experience. They explore the defining and distinguishing characteristics of individuals and the role of greater communities and artist process in constructing that distinctiveness. Historical and cultural context reveals itself through each artist’s use of medium, color and subject matter. These works brilliantly share space in perspective and relation to one another in a powerful exhibition that explores the formation and evolution of subject and self, impacted by a variety of internal and external factors including: society, community, race, culture, location, opportunities, appearance, self-expression, life experiences, and material makeup.
“We want to look back on each piece and know it represents something we love, something we remember, something historically significant, or something we never want to forget. The intergenerational component is what is most special.” -Jessica & Kelvin Beachum
About Jessica and Kelvin
Jessica and Kelvin Beachum are both Texas natives. Kelvin is an active NFL athlete and an SMU graduate holding a BA in Economics (2010) and a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Dynamics (2012). He currently sits on the SMU Executive Boards for the Lyle School of Engineering and the Simmons School of Education. He is a union rep for the NFLPA and a member of the NFLPA Brand Ambassador Program as well as a Players Inc. Advisory Committee member. Kelvin is also a member of the Players Coalition and sits on the Donors Choose Advisory Board. He is a professional speaker as well as an active investor, focusing mainly on the technology ecosystem.
Jessica is a graduate of Baylor University (2011) and Duquesne University (2017) where she holds degrees in Sociology (BA) and Nursing (BSN), respectively. She is also a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she holds a Master of Science in Health Care Delivery. In addition to their professional careers, Jessica and Kelvin have spent their time and influence advocating for equity in education and business, working to end hunger, providing clean water access, and encouraging under-represented youth to pursue STEAM disciplines. They have a special focus on addressing the digital divide.
The Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection follows the quest to learn the story of what has happened in the art historical canon, what is happening presently, and what is still to come in the future. The full collection consists of and focuses on historical relevance, artist research and scholarship, and capturing the times. The pair began their art journey in 2013.
Jessica and Kelvin reside in Arizona with their three children.