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Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2002

Beyond Category: First Thoughts on “Called to Create”

Panel Discussion

Focus: Exhibitions

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Registration is required.

Hear from some of the artists, curators, and administrators who helped to make the exhibition Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South a reality. 

Speakers include Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, author, art historian, arts administrator, and president of Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership; Harry Cooper, Called to Create curator and the National Gallery’s senior curator and head of modern and contemporary art; Raina A. Lampkins-Fielder, curator at the Souls Grown Deep Foundation; Mary Margaret Pettway, Gee’s Bend quilter, Alabama Humanities Foundation fellow, instructor at the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center, and board chair of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

About The Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of African American artists from the South and supporting their communities by fostering economic empowerment, racial and social justice, and educational advancement. The Foundation's mission is to include these artists in the canon of American art history through acquisitions from the Foundation's collection by major museums as well as via exhibitions, programs, and publications. At the heart of the exhibition Called to Create are 40 works of art acquired by the Gallery in 2020 thanks to the combined generosity of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and the Patrons' Permanent Fund.