News & Events

May 24, 2018

American art from the 20th and 21st centuries is broader, and better than previously acknowledged, especially by museums. As these institutions struggle to become more inclusive than before, and give new prominence to neglected works, they rarely act alone. Essential help has come from people like William Arnett and his exemplary Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Their focus is the important achievement of black self-taught artists of the American South, born of extreme deprivation and social cruelty, raw talent and fragments of lost African cultures.

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May 22, 2018

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting, preserving, and exhibiting work by African-American artists from the American South, has named artist Mary Margaret Pettway as the new chair of its board of trustees.

Pettway, a third-generation quilter and member of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, has been a trustee of the foundation since 2017. Pettway also leads quilting workshops and is an instructor at the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in Camden, Alabama. She will serve as board chair from 2018 to 2020.

January 10, 2018

Gee’s Bend quilt lovers young and old, near and far, newly converted and veteran, take note: the Souls Grown Deep Foundation has given 15 of those abstract wonders—by key figures like Mary Lee Bendolph, Delia Bennett, and Annie E. Pettway—to the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of a gift of 24 pieces that also includes works by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and Bessie Harvey. Read more . . .