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Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South

June 7–September 1, 2019

Discover an extraordinary collection of textile art, sculpture, and painting acquired from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. With remarkable inventiveness and skill, generations of quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, have created arresting compositions of color and form, made from worn-out clothes and other repurposed fabrics. Exhibited with them are provocative mixed-media paintings and found-object sculptures by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and others whose subjects and materials echo with the painful history of the American South and the conditions of life for many who live there.

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is dedicated to supporting contemporary African American artists from the southeastern United States.

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This exhibition has been made possible by PNC, with additional generous support from Emily and Mike Cavanagh, Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Gordon, and Leslie Miller and Richard Worley.


John Vick, Collections Project Manager, with Akili Davis, Souls Grown Deep Foundation Intern
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