Wealthy Black Couple Donates 100 Pieces of Art to Georgia Museum

Wealthy Black Couple Donates 100 Pieces of Art to Georgia Museum

Art lovers Brenda and Larry Thompson, who have amassed one of the country’s largest private collections of African-American art, are donating more than 100 works to the Georgia Museum of Art.

Published January 5, 2012

The Georgia Museum of Art has received a hefty gift on behalf of a wealthy Black couple.

 

Art lovers Brenda and Larry Thompson, who have amassed one of the country’s largest private collections of African-American art, are donating more than 100 works to the institution. The donation includes paintings, prints, and sculptures of well-known and obscure artists estimated to be worth at least $1.5 million.

 

The couple will also fund an endowment to support a new curatorial position at the museum known as the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of the African Diaspora.

 

The new position will be a full-time academic professional who will oversee the museum’s collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and archives by African and African-American artists, will conduct research and publish the results, and will develop special exhibitions, lectures and symposia and other educational events for university and general audiences.

 

Mr. Thompson, a former U.S. deputy attorney general based in Atlanta and retired general counsel and secretary for PepsiCo, and his wife, a retired Atlanta Public Schools clinical school psychologist, said they wanted to give something back to the state where their careers excelled.

 

"Larry and I wanted to provide an opportunity for all students -- black, white, Hispanic -- to appreciate the contribution of African-American artists." Brenda Thompson said.

 

Larry Thompson initially announced the donation in March 2011 with the promise of more to come.  

 

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Written by Danielle Wright

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