The Ackland Art Museum has been selected to acquire 12 works from the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which holds the largest collection of contemporary art from the African-American South.

The Ackland is the only university-affiliated museum to acquire works from the foundation as of now. Other museums selected include New York’s metropolitan Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

“University museums are the backbone of leading-edge art historical research, and the Ackland is among the best,” said Maxwell Anderson, president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. “We are very pleased to help build on UNC-Chapel Hill’s longstanding effort to champion the creative traditions embedded in this acquisition, and to deepen the fruitful association between the Museum and the Foundation.”

The museum plans to display a larger permanent collection of works by artists associated with Souls Grown Deep in 2020.