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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.

2021 Fall Programs


Sunday, September 12, 2021, 3–4:30 p.m.

Paintings, Politics and the Monuments Men

We will hear from Dr. Peter Jonathan Bell, Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings and learn more about Paintings, Politics and the Monuments Men: The Berlin Masterpieces in America. Opened at CAM on July 9 and will close on October 3, 2021.


Sunday, October 3, 2021, 3–5 p.m.

Virtual Presentation
Museum Responses to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Rina Kundu Little is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies and affiliated faculty with Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Tech University. Dr. Little will highlight a select group of museum exhibitions in the US and their responses to Black Lives Matter.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, 3–5 p.m.

Springfield Museum of Art Reception @5 p.m.
The Sowell Endowment Committee will view the exhibition Curated by world-renowned artist Willis Bing Davis, BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II at the Springfield Museum of Art. The exhibition highlights aspects of the Black experience and features over 25 artists from around the state, including many from Dayton, Springfield. and Cincinnati. More details forthcoming.


Sunday, November 7, 2021, 3–5 p.m.

Virtual Presentation
The Cultural Politics of Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick
Ellen Price, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art, Miami University, Ohio and Sowell Endowment Committee member will discuss the historical references in Kara Walker's work and explore her artistic practices. Members are encouraged to view the exhibition Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitizer and His Family Foundation. This exhibition will open Nov. 5. (Galleries 232 & 233).


Sunday, December 6, 2021, 3–5 p.m.

Sowell Endowment Committee members and guests will celebrate the season with a festive reception. More details forthcoming.

Cynthia Collins, Chair

Linda Meador, Secretary

Myra Paige-Livingston, Treasurer

Katrina Mundy, Past Chair

Consuelo Harris, Member-at-Large