Which American university has the best art collection?
Harvard? Yale? UCLA?
Not when it comes to artists of African descent they don’t. Particularly women. That distinction goes to Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art was founded in 1996 with a mission to uplift art by and about women of the African diaspora. It’s the only museum in the nation dedicated to the niche.
For the first time ever, Spelman is touring a portion of its permanent collection nationwide beginning at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. “Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection” shows off Spelman College’s collection while examining the important role Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had in providing exhibition opportunities and establishing provenance for Black artists.