February 15, 2019

Raina Lampkins-Fielder Named Curator of Souls Grown Deep Foundation

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Souls Grown Deep Foundation announced today that art historian, museum educator, and curator Raina Lampkins-Fielderhas been named curator. A specialist of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a particular focus on African American creative expression, Lampkins-Fielder will be based in Paris and will work to extend the foundation’s reach.

Previously, Lampkins-Fielder worked as artistic director at Paris’s Mona Bismarck American Center for Art from 2015 to 2017; as director, academic advising for the Paris College of Art (formerly Parsons Paris School of Art + Design) from 2009 to 2015; and associate director, and chair of education at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2000 to 2006.

During her tenure at the Whitney, she oversaw programming for the exhibition “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend” (2002–2003). The quilts featured in the show are from the collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and, through the foundation’s art transfer program, are now in the permanent collections of museums around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

“The Souls Grown Deep Foundation remains committed to distributing the bulk of its collection to leading art museums over the next several years, Maxwell L. Anderson, the foundation’s president, said in a statement. “With Raina’s appointment, we are broadening our mandate to include museums abroad alongside museums across North America, and to expand international awareness of the contributions of artists from the African American South.”

Dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the work of artists from the African American South, the foundation announced last year that is was expanding its mission. The nonprofit is developing a strategic plan to improve the socioeconomic conditions of communities where the artists represented in it collection live and work.

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