Beyond the Museum Walls

The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art

In order to reach visitors beyond the museum’s walls, the Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, the cornerstone of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture Collection, is now available online. The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection is a labor of love created by two avid collectors over a fifty year period. Even with modest means, Mrs. Hewitt was a librarian and Mr. Hewitt was a medical journalist and freelance writer, the Hewitts’ shared passion for collecting led them to amassing a unique assemblage of art. The collection, bought by Bank of America and pledged to the Gantt Center in 1998, includes fifty-eight two dimensional art pieces from twenty artists.

Using the link below, you can learn more about these wonderful pieces and the amazing artists who created them. Each piece is represented on the Search the Collections homepage by a thumbnail image; click on this image to view a larger image and learn about each piece. To learn more about the artists, click on their names under the object record or use the search tools to find specific artists. Through this website you can search, discover, and explore the Hewitt Collection.

Search the Hewitt Collection

A generous gift from Bank of America

This project to catalogue, digitize and document the Hewitt Collection was made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (#12-4400-7057) and a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (#MH-00-11-0003-11).