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Miami Soul: Perez Art Museum Miami Hosts Reception for the Fund for African-American Art

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) hosted the 2nd Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art on Thursday, April 1, 2015 in a celebratory evening featuring performances by the Peter London Global Dance Company and jazz musicians. The acquisition of three new works by African-American artists Terry Adkins, Ed Clark, and Leslie Hewitt were also exhibited at the reception. Guests included PAMM Ambassador Co-chairs Marilyn Holifield and Barron Channer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, PAMM donor Jorge M. Pérez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous, collection artist Ed Clark, Merele Adkins, widow of collection artist Terry Akins, and a host of other community and business leaders.

The PAMM Fund for African-American Art was initiated with a $1 million grant funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support the growth of the collection of Miami’s flagship museum with works by African-American and African Diaspora artists. The new acquisitions of works by Terry Adkins, Ed Clark, and Leslie Hewitt join significant PAMM collection works by African-American artists and reflects PAMM’s longstanding commitment to celebrate, exhibit, and collect the work of African-American artists. Other works acquired by the fund includes works by Al Loving, Faith Ringgold, and Xaviera Simmons including collections by Lorna Simpson, Carrie May Weems, and Rashid Johnson,.

PAMM Ambassadors support the Fund’s growing collection and are invited to special invited events. To join the Ambassadors and contribute to the fund, visit