The only museum in the nation emphasizing art by women of the African Diaspora
Support the Museum this Season
2016 has been an exceptional year for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. During this season of charitable giving, relive highlights from our 20th anniversary and consider supporting the Museum by making a tax-deductible gift. Your generosity will help us build upon this meaningful momentum.
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
an exhibition organized by the Aspen Art Museum
February 9 – May 20, 2017
Mickalene Thomas, Angelitos Negros (still), 2016, 2-Channel HD Video, TRT: 23:09 48 x 54 inches. Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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.
Nandipha Mntambo, Mlwa ne Nkunzi
Nandipha Mntambo, South African (b. 1982) Mlwa ne Nkunzi, 2008, Archival ink on cotton rag paper. Diptych, 44 x 33 inches each. Purchased with support from Spelman College Life Trustee Vicki and John Palmer in honor of
The 15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative
Nandipha Mntambo is recognized as a leading artist in South Africa. She investigates and interrogates stereotypical ideals of the female form, as well as notions of femininity in her art. Mlwa ne Nkunzi is a diptych in which the artist is posed as the matador (Mlwa) in one of the photographic panels and as the bull (Nkunzi) in the other. Mlwa ne Nkunzi references a Swazi fighting ritual and recalls the bullfighting of colonial Mozambique and modern day Portugal.
Employing cowhide as a medium, the artist questions the use of conventional art materials and products. Additionally, because the cowhides must be manipulated and shaped, she works through aspects of control. She further explores the broader themes sexuality, male and female, internal and public, conflict and contest, and the thin line between the repulsive and attractive. Through Mntambo’s study of the spectacle of bullfighting, the artist deftly addresses the cross-cultural struggles around gender-definition.
Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Big Name Artists, Local Talent Delivered Memorable Work in 2016 by Felicia Feaster
Black Chronicles II (January 28 - May 14, 2016), an exhibition organized by Autograph ABP (London) in collaboration with the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images, was selected as one of the visual art highlights of 2016.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art a $100,000 Access Challenge Grant that will help expand, formalize, and sustain the Museum’s Internship Program. This award will help students build upon the experiences that they have had at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art during the academic year, bring art historical knowledge to bear beyond the classroom, and benefit from paid summer internships in museums across the country. The NEH Access Challenge Grant, coupled with the recent launch of the Curatorial Studies Program, will play an instrumental role in creating a pipeline of future museum leaders and, over time, help increase the diversity of the field. Click here for the NEH press release.
Mellon Undergraduate Fellow
Kéla Jackson, a sophomore art history major and African Diaspora Studies minor, was selected to be a Mellon Undergraduate Fellow at the High Museum of Art. Kéla is also one of nine students in the first cohort of the Spelman College Curatorial Studies Program. Click here to read more.


Special thanks to AFRICA FORECAST artists Firelei Báez, Mimi Plange, and Lina Iris Viktor, for making Artists Talk on November 30 a smashing success. Click here to enjoy photos from this engaging conversation.
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