News & Events

January 23, 2020

Souls Grown Deep (SGD) announced today that it is investing in five new initiatives to improve the quality of life in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The region is home to multiple generations of quiltmakers, many of whom have work in the Souls Grown Deep Foundation’s collection or are represented in those of major museums around the country through SGD’s collections transfer program. Furthering SGD’s dedication to promoting racial and social justice and economic opportunity in the region, the five initiatives create new opportunities for the quiltmakers to achieve financial success, sponsor arts education programs for local teachers and students to engage with the distinct visual culture of the community, and contribute to fair representation in the 2020 census.

December 2, 2019

When the wildly distinctive quilts made by generations of rural women in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, went on display in New York, one critic called them “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced”. The quilts have since been used on a set of American stamps and a series of them will travel to the UK for the first time next year for an exhibition showcasing art and artists from America’s deep south. The gallery Turner Contemporary in Margate announced details of a show that will shine light on work made by people as they lived through America’s civil rights struggles, often in conditions of utter poverty.

November 18, 2019

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the nonprofit which aims to strengthen the presence of African American artists from the southern United States in the collections of leading museums, has entered into acquisition/gift agreements with the Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; as well as the Baltimore Museum of Art, pending board approval.