November 13, 2018

Five Institutions Acquire Works from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Souls Grown Deep Foundation (SGDF) announced today that it will help five more cultural institutions expand their holdings of artworks by African American artists from the South. Through a combination of gifts and purchases, the Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will acquire fifty-one artworks by thirty primarily self-taught female artists. The works have an estimated total worth of more than $1.6 million.

“Our core mission is to advocate for artists of the African American South represented in our collection, Maxwell L. Anderson, president of the foundation, said in a statement. “We could not be happier to announce that five additional institutions will now have significant holdings of these artists in their permanent collections. These acquisitions will broaden the exposure of works by these important American artists among audiences around the country and provide new opportunities for exhibition, research, and other partnerships.”

In 2014, the foundation began a multiyear program to transfer the majority of works in its care to the permanent collections of leading American and international art museums. Since its inception, the initiative has placed more than three hundred artworks ranging from large-scale assemblages to works on paper with twelve institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Of the five institutions acquiring works this fall, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will be the first historically black university to receive objects from the foundation. Seven quilts by Gee’s Bend artists will enter its collection.

In addition to the museum acquisitions, the foundation also revealed that it will auction Thornton Dial’s painting Fading, 2002, in Christie’s upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale, which will take place on November 16. The proceeds from the sale will support the organization’s new paid internship program, which provides undergraduate students of color the opportunity to develop professional experience in art museums. Interns participating in the upcoming cycle will be placed at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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