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Dear Friends:

Thank you for your interest in the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. As we race toward the Museum’s 25th anniversary in 2021, we are more passionate than ever about our mission to inspire and enrich the Spelman College community and the general public primarily through art by women of the African Diaspora. Now more than ever we are magnifying our three priorities:

  • Presenting fantastically curated exhibitions
  • Organizing dynamic and empowering programs
  • Expanding our relevant collection

Our 2019 –2020 exhibition season builds upon our steady and forward momentum. It launches with Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 –2003, an exhibition I curated with Melissa Messina, the Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate. It continues in the spring with the United States debut of Theaster Gates: The Black Image Corporation, an exhibition, within which artist Theaster Gates has reimagined and redeployed never-before-seen images of women from the Johnson Publishing Company archives.

The Museum is proud to serve as a resource for the Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, the region, and beyond. It offers meaningful experiences for frequent visitors and first-time visitors alike.

The Museum is also pleased to share that it is entering into the final year of the Curatorial Studies Program, an initiative that it began piloting in 2015 in collaboration with the Department of Art & Visual Culture. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Spelman is helping to prepare and develop the next generation of curators. Our students’ futures are bright: recent graduates are now entering prestigious graduate programs and accepting positions at important museums; returning students have completed summer internships and preparing for new hands on experiences. I look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress.

Big things are happening in the arts at Spelman. With enthusiastic support from the Walton Family Foundation, in 2018, Spelman College established the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History & Curatorial Studies. 

The Museum staff values the involvement of enthusiastic Friends, visitors, and a host of other supporters. Thanks to you, the Museum is experiencing steady and exponential growth in terms of attendance and popular and critical recognition. Whether you visit in person or join our online community, we invite you to partner with us, join us as we push boundaries, and help us build upon our trajectory.

We couldn’t be more excited about all of extraordinary things that are on the horizon. We appreciate your ongoing engagement with the Museum and look forward to welcoming you again and again.


Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD