The Mackey Twins Art Gallery, Inc.
Karen Mackey Witherspoon and Sharon Mackey McGee, or "The Twins" as they are affectionately called, started as art collectors but soon realized that artists of color were not significantly represented or adequately supported in the larger community. In that pursuit, the mission was born and The Mackey Twins Art Gallery opened in 2004.
The mission of the Gallery is to develop communities of collectors, saturate homes and businesses with fine art, educate, and teach non-collectors how they can invest in collecting fine art.
As the Vice President of Government, Community, and Cultural Affairs at The City College of New York, Karen serves as the chief liaison with elected officials, government agencies, and community leaders. In addition, her office is responsible for events management at the premier performing arts and cultural center of campus.
Sharon is the Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies, also at The City College of New York, where she oversees professional development, certification, and implementation of innovative programs and outreach.
In spite of their individual professional demands they maintain a commitment to service and see their "art" work as a "calling", hence their slogan - Driven, Guided and Directed by the Spirit.
Mackey Twins Art Gallery has successfully curated influential tastemaker events:
• The New York Times Harlem Fine Arts Show Preview
• Metropolitan Transit Authority, at Port Authority, NYC-Tribute Exhibit
• Master Artists James Denmark and Betty Blayton Exhibit at Mackey Twins Art Gallery
• Faith, Courage & Purpose @ The Central Park Arsenal Gallery – featured artists included Charly Palmer and Essud Fungcap
• The Harlem Stage Gatehouse Exhibit
• Art’s Conscience @ The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
• The Harlem Fine Arts Show @ The Riverside Church
• Leroy Campbell - The Gullah Collection @ Mackey Twins Art Gallery
• Internationally renowned artist Magno Laracuente Exhibit
• Works from the Masters: Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and John Wilson
• Key to the City of Mt. Vernon New York for Art Advocacy
• National Conference of Artists Black History Makers Award
• Leroy Campbell Exemplary Art Forum Award
• 2015 Westchester County African American Advisory Board & county Board of Legislators Trailblazer Award
• Danny Simmons
• Russell Goings
• Byron and Sylvia Lewis
• Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
• The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
• Harlem Arts Alliance
• New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
• Ginny’s Supper Club
• Black Culinary Alliance
• National Conference of Artists
• Harlem Fine Arts Show Group
• Westchester Black Bar Association
• New Heritage Theater Group
• Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium
• Ethereal Jazz Quartet
• The Westchester County Press
• The Harlem Times
• Black Enterprise