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What does "independence" mean to you? This was the question posed to 12 American artists by the Kent Bicentennial Program in 1976. Sponsored by the Lorillard Tobacco Company as a celebration of our country’s bicentennial year, each artist was given the freedom to respond with their own interpretation of the question. The resulting portfolio presents twelve very different views of independence from the historical to the highly personal, and from the theoretical to the symbolic. This portfolio invites us to re-engage with this central question and founding ideology of American democracy. This exhibition is pulled from the Museum's permanent collection and features work by Audrey Flack, Fritz Scholder, Jacob Lawrence, Marisol Escobar, Robert Indiana, and Will Barnet, among others. Spirit of Independence: Kent Bicentennial Portfolio is organized by Curator of Art Sarah Buhr.