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Delores Logan: Championing Growth

July 22, 2015

by Karen Brosius, executive director

The Columbia Museum of Art’s board of trustees is an engaged and impassioned group of volunteers who care deeply about the museum, the art collection it holds in public trust and shares with tens of thousands of visitors each year, and the contributions and educational impact the museum has on the community and state. The trustees are active and visible in many ways, serving on committees for museum programs they care about, being ambassadors for the institution, and connecting us with friends old and new as well as artists and collectors. One of our board members, D. Delores Logan, has been a wonderful and effective advocate for the CMA, and through her friendship with artist Joseph Norman, she has enriched our art collection.

In addition to her service on the museum board, Delores also serves on the board of one of our museum affiliate groups, the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC), which supports the museum’s mission and was launched in December 2011.

Delores talks about the museum and FAAAC with great gusto. She enthusiastically spoke about the CMA with her friend Joseph Norman, a distinguished artist and teacher, and shared with him the museum’s commitment to continue to grow its collection of art by African Americans in both stature and size. Norman, a native of Chicago, lives in Athens, Georgia, where he is the former chairman of drawing and painting at the University of Georgia and continues as a professor in the art department. Impressed by what Delores shared with him about the passion and vision of the CMA and the work of the FAAAC, the artist wanted to be a part of our world, and he engineered a donation of his work to the CMA.

He kindly broached the idea to two of his collectors to make gifts of art to the CMA to increase our holdings in African-American art. He was persuasive, and we wish to thank him and the generosity of collectors Kerry and Betty Davis of Georgia and Donnell and Dorothea Walker of Pennsylvania, who donated the set of five lithographs called Patty’s Little White Lies (1986-1988) and the set of 11 lithographs called Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume I (1999), respectively.

These are the first of Norman’s works that have been accessioned at the museum, and we look forward to sharing them with the public as new acquisitions in our collection and for inclusion in exhibitions. All of us are so very grateful to Delores for her thoughtfulness in facilitating the gift of this significant body of work by Joseph Norman, and we thank the artist and the collectors most sincerely.