souls grown deep staff

Maxwell L. Anderson


Laura Bickford

Exhibitions and Special Projects Manager

Scott Browning

Collection Manager

Mary McCarthy

Senior Research Associate

Richard McCoy

Conservation Associate

board of trustees

Maxwell L. Anderson

Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation in New York City; The Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art (2011-2015); The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Indianapolis Museum of Art (2006-2011); Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art (1998-2003); Director, Art Gallery of Ontario (1995-1998); Director, Michael C. Carlos Museum (1987-1995).

Paul Arnett

Co-editor and contributor to numerous books, including Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art, vols.I & II, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, Gee’s Bend: The Women and Their Quilts, and Thornton Dial in the 21st Century. He has contributed to many catalogues and organized several exhibitions, including "Thornton Dial: Strategy of the World,” and spent two decades helping assemble the vernacular art collection that became the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

William S. Arnett

Art Historian, documentarian, scholar, author and editor of numerous books, including Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art, vols.I & II, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, Gee’s Bend: The Women and Their Quilts, and Thornton Dial in the 21st Century. He has built important collections of African, Asian, and African-American art, among others, and has authored and curated many catalogues and exhibitions on subjects ranging from ancient ceramics to twentieth-century Mayan textiles.

Harry Arnett

Chairman of the Board

Former President and Publisher of Tinwood Media where he oversaw production of numerous publications and media projects including The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and Thornton Dial in the 21st Century. He is presently Senior Vice President of Marketing at Callaway Golf.

Louisiana Bendolph

Quilter whose work was featured in the books and exhibitions Gee’s Bend, Architecture of the Quilt, and Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee’s Bend Quilts and Beyond.  Her quilts have been displayed at numerous museums and institutions including The Philadelphia Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Walters Art Museum, The Denver Museum, and is in the permanent collections of several museums including the High Museum in Atlanta.

Richard Dial

Sculptor whose work is in a number of private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and is featured prominently in Souls Grown Deep vols. I & II.  He works in Bessemer, Alabama where he continues the art-making tradition of his family which includes his father Thornton Dial.

Jane Fonda

Award-winning actress, author, and political activist. She has won two Academy Awards, an Emmy Award and seven Golden Globe Awards (including 3 special awards) among many other accolades. Her books include Prime Time: Creating a Great Third ACT and My Life So Far. In 2000 she partnered with William Arnett to form Tinwood Books, publisher of seminal volumes on African American Art of the South including Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art and The Quilts of Gee's Bend.

Bernard L. Herman

George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore, and Chair, Department of American Studies, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Editor of Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper and author of many books including the forthcoming Quilt Spaces: Conversation and the Art of the Quilt in Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

Linley Jones

Linley Jones is one of Atlanta’s most distinguished and highly regarded trial lawyers. She was recently elected President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Society, Atlanta Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the American Association for Justice.

Michael Sellman

Associate editor of Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art, vol. II, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and Gee’s Bend: The Women and Their Quilts, Michael Sellman is co-Chief Executive Officer of Calatrava Grace Corporation, a real estate advisory, co-development, and investment company. He worked previously at Morgan Stanley in New York and London.

James Sellman

President of the Folk Art Society of America, regular contributor to Folk Art Messenger, collector and philanthropist. Since 1979 he has served on the clinical faculty at the Medical College of Virginia; in 2001 he was honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness with The Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and identified as one of the 35 top psychiatrists in the United States.

Jacquelyn Serwer

Chief Curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.. Her research specialties include American art and African American art, 19th century to the present, and museum studies. Previously she served for six years as chief curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art where she coordinated all museum activities.

E.T. Williams

Board Chair Emeritus of the Romare Bearden Foundation and former Chair of the Schomburg Society of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He has served on the boards of the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and the Central Park Conservancy.