Mackey Twins Art Gallery seeks to expand presence of Black artists, collectors

Sharon and Karen Mackey, the owners of the Mackey Twins Art Gallery in Mount Vernon, N.Y., understand that the purchasing of Black art by Black buyers—owning pieces of our own history—is an important cultural goal, and they are focused on driving the number of Black art collectors up.

The identical twin sisters started out as collectors themselves, finding a way to purchase art by people of color on meager teacher salaries. As their collection grew, they decided to get organized and present Black fine art to their community, both to motivate and expand the awareness of the large numbers and talent of Black artists, and to maintain a space where they can encourage others to invest in their own people’s work, culture and influence in the fine art world.