The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art's permanent
holdings form an impressive collection of art, ranging
from painting and sculpture to prints and textiles.
The collection has been enhanced by several renowned artists in residence who
not only taught studio courses but also gave important works to the College.
The collection's greatest strength, twentieth-century painting and sculpture
by African American artists, is seen in works by Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold,
Valerie Maynard, Selma Burke, Herman "Kofi" Bailey, Elizabeth Catlett,
Claudia Widdiss and Lloyd McNeil. Particularly significant are works by Hale
Woodruff, the prominent painter, printmaker and teacher who taught at Spelman
College, established the art department at the Atlanta University Center in 1931
and founded the Atlanta University Annuals in 1942. The permanent collection
also comprises extensive African holdings, with a strong emphasis on the art
of central Africa.