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Bob Thompson in his studio at 6 Rivington Street in New York. Photo: Bob Thompson papers from the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Receives $575,000 Grant

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has been awarded a $575,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of a three-year collecting initiative that aims to increase its holdings of African American art.

Approximately one thousand items in the archives’ six-thousand-object collection are related to African American art and artists, ranging from Horace Pippin’s World War I memoir to the papers of Adrian Piper.

“We are delighted to receive this generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to bolster our collections by and about African American artists and make them available to the world at our headquarters in Washington and digitally,” said director Kate Haw. “We are also excited to welcome new staff who will help us realize this important project.” The grant will fund a new three-year-term position for a full-time African American art collector, who will work with the archives to secure new acquisitions, as well as paid summer internships.

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