Grace Stanislaus

Grace Stanislaus

Before she became the Executive Director of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Grace C. Stanislaus was the Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Museum of the African Diaspora, President & CEO of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museum for African Art in New York, and curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Instill and Inspire

The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art

Foreword by Jonathan Green

For over fifty years, John and Vivian Hewitt visited galleries, artists’ studios, and exhibitions in the United States, the Caribbean, and elsewhere in the Americas, collecting hundreds of paintings, etchings, and sketches. The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art represents fifty-eight works that celebrate the expression and passion of twenty artists, including Romare Bearden, Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The Hewitts believed that sharing their collection with the public would enhance the visibility of artists of African descent and showcase their cultural contributions. The Hewitt Collection was subsequently acquired by the Bank of America and generously donated to The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This book contains all fifty-eight works from the collection, exquisitely reproduced in full color. Grace C. Stanislaus provides a text on the significance of the collection that is supplemented by interviews with Vivian Hewitt, David Taylor of the Gantt Center, and art collectors Harmon and Harriett Kelley, and Nancy Washington.