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Members of The Donald P. Sowell Committee at an event in the Museum Library

About the Donald P. Sowell Committee

The Donald P. Sowell Endowment Committee (Sowell Committee) was established in 1993 as a tribute to Donald P. Sowell (1929-1989), an important Cincinnati artist and art educator.

The Sowell Committee promotes greater interaction and involvement of the African American community with the Cincinnati Art Museum. In doing so they oversee an endowment in Mr. Sowell’s name and act as a recommending body for the disbursements of its funds to promote African American art, programs, exhibitions and other art forms of interest to the African American community. The Sowell Committee also provides educational and social fundraising activities that benefit the endowment and the museum.

Programs take place on the first Sunday of each month from September through June from 3-5 p.m.

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Fall 2022 Sowell Endowment Committee Programs

Programs take place on the first Sunday of each month from September through June from 3-5 p.m.


Sunday, September 18, 2022
3 p.m. at Cincinnati Art Museum

Amy Dehan, the museum’s Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, reveals how the Wormser bedroom became a part of the museum’s permanent collection; and shares insights about Joseph Urban, the Wormser’s commission, and the ongoing work to resurrect this Art Deco gem. Members will meet in Galleries 232 & 233.


Sunday, October 2, 2022
Details TBD / Off-site

Members will meet at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to view the exhibition Free as they want to be: Artists Committed to Memory. This exhibition explores the role of historic and contemporary visual arts in remembering the legacies of slavery. A panel discussion will follow with co-curator Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.



Sunday, November 6, 2022
3 p.m. at Cincinnati Art Museum

Dr. Jordan Fenton, Associate Professor, Art History, Miami University, will discuss and explore how and why West African masquerade from Calabar, Nigeria, is indeed a contemporary art form deeply woven into the identity of the urban city.



Sunday, December 4, 2022
3 p.m. Off-site

Jim Jones, a professional interior designer and a former chair of the Sowell Committee, will explore the influence of African Art on the Art Deco movement during the 1920s and 1930s. A festive reception will follow this presentation to kick-off the holiday season. Details forthcoming.

Cynthia Collins, Chair

Linda Meador, Secretary

Myra Paige-Livingston, Treasurer

Katrina Mundy, Past Chair

Consuelo Harris, Member-at-Large


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