The only museum in the nation emphasizing art by women of the African Diaspora
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
through May 20, 2017
Mickalene Thomas, Shug, 2016, silkscreen ink on acrylic mirror mounted on wood panel. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, an exhibition featuring new work by Mickalene Thomas, as a highlight of its 20th anniversary. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities is organized by the Aspen Art Museum. Click here to learn more.

REMINDER: the Museum is closed on Good Friday, April 14, 2017
The Spelman College permanent collection dates to the 1940s and includes more than 350 objects. The growing collection also includes African art and works by celebrated artists of African descent. To honor its unique mission, the Museum acquires art that highlights the wide spectrum of works that women artists of the African Diaspora create. Look forward to a monthly inside peek on a work from the College’s permanent collection.
Lauren Kelley
Big Gurl, 2006
Lauren Kelley (b. 1975) Big Gurl (stills), 2006. Digital animation. Total running time 8:12 minutes.
15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative Purchase, 2012.6.
Lauren Kelley uses stop-motion animation to explore stereotypes of femininity and race. By using her voice to speak for a cast of black dolls, Kelley breathes life into plastic characters while poignantly and humorously addressing issues such (read more)

Applications are being accepted for the Spelman College Curatorial Studies Program through Friday, April 14, 2017. The program is limited to 12 students. Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University students are eligible. Click here to learn more and apply.
Spring 2017 Intensive
The first cohort of Spelman College Curatorial Studies Program students is heading to Washington, for an art intensive from April 6 – 9, 2017, 2017. Destinations include the Howard University Art Gallery, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Follow their adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
Yoga in the Museum
Mondays at noon through May 15, 2017
Enjoy a yoga class surrounded by works of art in Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities and engage in a practice that emphasizes balance, focus, and strength. Yoga in the Museum is free and open to beginner and experienced yogis. Click here for more information.

Read Black Angels: Mickalene Thomas at the Spelman Museum of Fine Art by Rebecca Brantley in


Read Mickalene Thomas Shows Us How “Black Girl Magic” Has Been Here All Along by Shantay Robinson in


Listen as Michael Shapiro, Ph.D., former Director of the High Museum, and Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D. discuss women and arts leadership on City Lights with Lois Reitzes on WABE90.1 (Segment begins at 32:52)
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