Spelman College and Sotheby’s Institute of Art are partnering for a truly remarkable intersection in art and education. Read the statement below for how Spelman will have unprecedented access to art programs, scholarships, and more.

Spelman College and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York recently announced an innovative academic partnership designed to increase access to art market education for Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective undergraduate students.

Through this new partnership, SIA will launch the SIA+Spelman Collective Futures Scholarship, an educational initiative designed to expand postgraduate pathways in the visual arts by offering one full tuition scholarship each year to attend an SIA master’s degree program.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art exhibition for Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, courtesy of Spelman College

“Sotheby’s resides at the center of the global art market. Establishing a relationship between Sotheby’s and Spelman enables our aspiring arts professionals to gain invaluable experience at the heart of a dynamic and rapidly changing art world. said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman. “Through scholarships, and the expansion of curricular and co-curricular programming, the SIA-Spelman partnership will become an integral part of the training of African American arts leaders.”

Students will also have access to annual collaborative events designed to encourage educational diversity, equity and access.

“This partnership provides an exciting opportunity for our inaugural class of art history and curatorial studies graduates, while leading the charge to transform the art industry through sustainable educational pathways,” said Cheryl Finley, Ph.D., director of the AUC Art Collective and distinguished visiting professor, Spelman. “We’re delighted to join Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, a global pioneer of art business education, in this cutting-edge collaboration.”

A Sotheby’s auction, courtesy of the Art Insider

The partnership will also include a lecture series covering a range of topics from art and art markets of the African diaspora to art valuation, law and careers. In addition, an annual symposium will offer long-term networking, mentorship and career development opportunities. The first major event will take place virtually during the spring 2021 semester and feature a convening focused on implementing strategies for structural change in the art industry.

“In our 50-year history as pioneers of art market education, we are honored to partner with the AUC Art Collective to take this important step forward to broaden African American and African Diasporic art history in our graduate curriculum and to help foster a more diverse and inclusive global art world for the future,” said Christine Kuan, CEO and director of SIA.

The AUC Art Collective, which is part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, is housed at Spelman. The program offers a major in art history and minors in curatorial studies and art history to students at Spelman, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.