To honor its unique mission to highlight works by and about women of the African Diaspora, the Museum launched the 15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative in 2011, an initiative to purchase fifteen important works of art in celebration of its 15th anniversary. This project enriched and expanded Spelman College’s permanent collection. An anonymous gift coupled with the help and generosity of donors enabled the Museum to acquire works by the following artists who were on the Museum’s Wish List: Sheila Pree Bright, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Renée Cox, Lalla Essaydi, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Myra Greene, Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter, Lauren Kelley, Marcia Kure, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems. Each of these artists—many whose works have been featured in exhibitions that the Museum has originated—contributes to the field of visual art in tangible ways and consistently demonstrate a commitment to expanding their artistic practice. The Museum is actively working to acquire works by Howardena Pindell and Lorraine O’Grady who were on the original 15 x 15 Wish List. This initiative continues the trajectory of growing a mission-focused permanent collection.