In 2012, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson donated 100 works to the Georgia Museum of Art from their prominent collection of works by African American artists, as well as funding an endowment to support a new curatorial position at the museum: the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art. The Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection of African American Art includes the work of both celebrated artists and artists considered emerging, regional or lesser known. The result is a collection that provides a more in-depth, inclusive understanding of American art. Artists with work in the collection include Radcliffe Bailey, Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Camille Billops, Joseph Delaney, Norman Lewis, Charles E. Porter, Henry Ossawa Tanner, William T. Williams and Hale Woodruff. Several works are on display within the galleries dedicated to American art.
The collection includes paintings, prints and sculpture dating from the 1890s to the present, 72 of which appeared in the exhibition “Tradition Redefined,” which the museum hosted Jan. 30–March 28, 2011.
For more information about the Thompson Collection, contact Shawnya Harris, Thompson Curator.