News & Events

May 16, 2019

A group of Alabama’s historic treasures has a new home in Montgomery. Five pieces by African-American artists from the state are joining the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and are currently on display in the gallery. They were acquired through a partnership with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a group dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting African-American artists of the South. Angie Dodson, MMFA’s new director, called this one of the most significant acquisitions in the museum’s history—which is saying a lot since MMFA was founded in 1930. She said these pieces thrust the museum forward, “toward a broader American art history narrative, a deeper Alabama cultural history.”

April 29, 2019

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation (SGDF) announced today that four museums have acquired works from its foremost collection of artworks by artists from the African American South: the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and The Phillips Collection. With the addition of these four museums, the foundation has now placed more than 350 works by over 100 artists in 16 institutions, primarily through a combination of gift/purchase. The collection transfer program is designed to strengthen the presentation of African American artists from the Southern United States in the permanent collections of leading museums across the world.

February 14, 2019

Maxwell L. Anderson, President of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, today announced the appointment of Raina Lampkins-Fielder as Curator, effective February 13, 2019. Based in Paris, Lampkins-Fielder most recently served as Artistic Director and Curator at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art (MBAC). Dr. Anderson stated, in making the announcement: “The Souls Grown Deep Foundation remains committed to distributing the bulk of its collection to leading art museums over the next several years. 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.”