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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.

Annual Dues | $50

For more information, please contact the Philanthropy Office at [email protected] or (513) 639-2964.

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

Join us as we cautiously gather with the new social distance guidelines.

2022 Spring Programs


Sunday, January 9, 2022, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Award-winning photojournalist Melvin Grier will share his story about his passion for photography. Grier has been on numerous assignments throughout his career, including travel to Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea, Honduras, Puerto Rico and many other countries. His photos have been published in Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, US, Ebony, Jet and Advertising Age. He has participated in many exhibitions and won several awards.



Friday, February 4, 2022, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Sara Fair, docent and member of the CAM Speaker’s Bureau, will guide us virtually through a select group of works created by African American artists in the museum’s collection.



Sunday, February 6, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Visual artist, Jacqueline Chanda, received a grant from the Arizona Commission of the Arts and an artist-in-residence fellowship from the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These awards offered Chanda the opportunity to explore the concept of “Then & Now: Looking Back to Move Forward. This presentation will be about the genre/narrative paintings generated as a result of the two awards.



Sunday, March 6, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Dr. Nathaniel Stein, Curator of Photography, will discuss works in the exhibition Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop. The Kamoinge Workshop, an African American photographers’ collective, was organized in New York in 1963. More than 150 works will be on display in the Western and Southern Galleries (Gallery 232).



Sunday, April 3, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Join Dr. Julie Aronson, Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, for an insightful presentation highlighting the works in the exhibition David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History.



Sunday, May 15, 2022

Family Friendly Reception Castellini Foundation Room, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

In-person Lecture in Fath Auditorium, 3:30 – 4:40 p.m.

Lecture offered in conjunction with Art in Bloom

Details forthcoming

Cynthia Collins, Chair

Linda Meador, Secretary

Myra Paige-Livingston, Treasurer

Katrina Mundy, Past Chair

Consuelo Harris, Member-at-Large