These are only a few of the artworks donated by GWCA for the museum’s permanent collection

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Ain't yo mama no more (2006) Oil on canvas by Deborah Roberts

This piece was selected by David Driskell from a Dougherty Arts Center exhibit and donated by the Ambassadors in 2006. Deborah Roberts is an Austin native and is currently a Fellow at Syracuse University. According to Roberts: "In this painting there is a history of use, so there is a cross section of irony, time, meaning and humanity present in the work". She also has exhibits in Syracuse (Community Folk Art Center thru May), San Francisco (MCCLA Gallery in April -June) and London, England (Lewisham Arthouse in July). Ms. Roberts’ work can also be found in the private collections of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and Nancy Wilson.

Birmingham Children of the Morning Linoleum Cut by Dr. John Biggers

The Biggers print was presented to Bernadette Phifer, Carver Museum Curator at the George Washington Carver Ambassadors April 2012 meeting. It was created after the Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. The artist, Dr. John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was a major African American painter, muralist, illustrator, sculptor and educator from North Carolina who founded the art department at Texas Southern University.

George Washington Carver Letter

This letter was purchased at a private auction by Jewell Boswell Hudson on behalf of the Ambassadors and presented to the museum in 2005. Carver kept up correspondence with many people across the United States. In this letter to Mrs. Slagle of Franklin, North Carolina, he writes of a great flood.

Miz Lela's Baby Numbered Print by Gilbert Young

This art donation to the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center was given to the Ambassadors by James and Benita Love of Killeen, Texas in 2013. They are black art advocates, collectors and friends of Ambassador Polly Emerson whose husband, Paul grew up with James in Sacramento, California. The artist, Gilbert Young is a painter, muralist, graphic artist and native of Cincinnati, Ohio whose works show African Americans as a people of a rich heritage. He said this is "a piece I really enjoyed painting. Look at it and you think the boy is Miz Lela's baby. In fact the woman is Miz Lela's baby, and Lela is my mother-in-law.”

Rite of Passage (2000) Glass & Metal Sculpture by Rejina Thomas

The first piece donated by the Ambassadors was displayed in the old museum building on loan by the artist and purchased when moved to the new building in 2005. The artist, Rejina Thomas is known for her commissioned glass work produced through her Graphic Glass Studios. An Austin resident for over 20 years, Rejina's work ranges from functional furniture to architectural embellishment pieces, glass trophies, plaques and paintings on canvas and glass.