University of Georgia Receives Collection of African American Art

"Untitled" by Radcliffe Bailey is one of the donated pieces of art.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia received a new collection of African American art donated by Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson. The gift includes 37 works of art and includes paintings, prints, and sculpture.

In addition to the artwork, the Thompsons are funding an endowment that will support the hiring of the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of the African Diaspora at the museum. The full-time curator will also conduct research and develop exhibitions, lectures, and symposia for the university and the general public. The curator will also seek further acquisitions for the museum’s African American collection and serve as an adjunct professor at the university’s Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Larry Thompson is the John A. Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law at the University of Georgia law school. He is the former deputy attorney general of the United States and former senior vice president of government affairs, general counsel, and secretary for PepsiCo. He is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College and earned his law degree at the University of Michigan. He also holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Brenda Thompson is on the board of the Georgia Museum of Art and the Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries. She is a former psychology department faculty member at Morehouse College. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University.


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