Charles R. Crossley, Sr. of McComb, Mississippi was an African American artist who was influenced by artists Pablo Picasso, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence and was good friends with the late John T. Scott; an African American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and professor of art at Xavier University in New Orleans. When I first moved to McComb, I met his wife Fern Crossley and she introduced me to him and his work. He loved teaching art to children in the community. He has left a major imprint on the arts scene in McComb. On December 27, 2012, at the young age of 74, he passed away while still creating and planning new paintings. To see more of his life’s work, visit the Charles R. Crossley Website. The Charles R. Crossley Memorial Gallery, where the bulk of his estate is housed, is open by appointment.
Charles R. Crossley Memorial Gallery
325 N. Front St.
McComb, MS 39648