From trash to treasure: Professor finds priceless painting in Georgia thrift store – WSB-TV Channel 2

A professor shopping at a thrift store in Georgia made an incredible discovery when he saw one of the first works by an American artist.

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William Pugh, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was shopping at a thrift store in Covington, Georgia, when he found a painting that appealed to him, the university said in a statement. . Press release. Pugh, who was with his wife, said he was drawn to the biblical themes of the work and purchased the painting.

The artwork was painted by Georgian artist Keith Bankston, whom Pugh discovered after noting the clear blue signature in the lower right corner of the painting. The painting, entitled “Eve in the Rose Garden”, dates from 1982, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Pugh researched the artist after returning home and was able to learn more about Bankston, whose life was cut short by AIDS in 1992. As part of his research, Pugh discovered that the Tubman African American Museum in Macon had several paintings by Bankston as part of its collection, UTSA said in a Press release.

Pugh donated the painting, which he bought at the thrift store for $125, to the museum, IPU reported. The museum is currently working to determine the value of the painting.

“Even though it’s worth a lot more, I’ve always wanted to donate it,” Pugh said. in a report. “The Tubman Museum in Macon is the perfect place for that.”

UTSA officials said in their Press release that the painting arrived at the museum on July 20 and would be added to the gallery’s permanent collection of African American art.

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