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Ackland Art Museum Acquires Twelve Works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA—The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum has acquired twelve pieces from the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which preserves and collects works of contemporary art by African-American artists working in the southern United States. The acquisition includes pieces by Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Purvis Young, and Leroy Almon and comes from the Souls Grown Deep’s strategic gift and purchase program. The Ackland now holds forty-nine works from the foundation and was the only university-affiliated art museum selected for this round of giving, joining the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation holds more than 1,200 works by 160 artists from the South in its collection and is the sole non-profit organization committed to preserving, exhibiting, and promoting African-American contemporary artists from the region. In 2015, Souls Grown Deep donated more than nine thousand works to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Southern Folklife Collection. “We are very pleased to help build on UNC-Chapel Hill’s longstanding effort to champion the creative traditions embedded in this acquisition, and to deepen the fruitful association between the museum and the foundation,” said Souls Grown Deep president Maxwell Anderson.

Ackland Art Museum director Katie Ziglar said, “These works of art have already begun to play important roles in teaching at the university. For example, alumna Laura Bickford first encountered these artists in a seminar at Chapel Hill and has gone on to become the foundation’s curator, and Elijah Hayward, a doctoral candidate in American studies, collaborated on the Ackland’s recent exhibition of works by [Souls Grown Deep artist] Ronald Lockett.”

The museum has planned an exhibition and catalogue of works in its permanent collection the from Souls Grown Deep Foundation for 2020.

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September 15, 2017