The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the Atlanta-based nonprofit that documents, preserves, and showcases art by African-American artists of the American South, has named Raina Lampkins-Fielder as curator. She most recently served as artistic director and curator at the Mona Bismarck Center for Art in Paris, and will continue to work from the French capital.
As part of Souls Grown Deep’s efforts to distribute the majority of its collection among U.S. and international museums, Lampkins-Fielder will develop relationships with European art institutions in her new role.
“With Raina’s appointment, we are broadening our mandate to include museums abroad alongside museums across North America, and to expand international awareness of the contributions of artists from the African American South,” Maxwell L. Anderson, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation’s president, said in a statement. “We are excited to have Raina advance the reputation internationally of some 160 artists represented in the foundation’s collection in multiple contexts, and bring her deep experience as a curator and educator to an emerging field.”
Lampkins-Fielder has previously worked as associate director of American art at New York’s Whitney Museum, where she oversaw programing for the 2002-2003 exhibition “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend.” She has also held positions as chair of the museum program for the New York State Council for the Arts, manager of public programs for film and video at the Brooklyn Museum, public programming associate at the New Museum, and education programs coordinator at the Andy Warhol Museum.
Lampkins-Fielder said in a release, “The mission and commitment of the foundation to enlarge the canon of art history to include artists of the African American South is both compelling and timely, and I look forward to building international collaborations in service of those goals.”