News & Events

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 . . .

December 18, 2017

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: African-American Art of the Deep South

The Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which promotes self-taught African-American artists from the Deep South, distributed works from its collection across the US. In February, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acquired 62 works by 22 artists, including Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley and Bessie Harvey, in a combined gift and purchase. Other works went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Ackland Art Museum in North Carolina and the New Orleans Museum of Art.


September 25, 2017

A black-and-white photo by Jack R. Thornell in the first room of the de Young’s Revelations: Art from the African American South is forever burned in my mind’s eye. A black man lies bleeding on the side of a dusty road. A carefully typewritten note affixed to the print reads: “James Meredith lies wounded beside Mississippi highway 51 after he was shot in an ambush. There is no stone marker showing the spot where Meredith was cut down during his march, but every Negro in Hernando knows where it is.”