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Picture That E-News: Happy New Year & 2021 Highlights

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Picture That Consultants!

Phil Nelson, Shippan Point - Stamford, Connecticut, Photograph. We have so much to be thankful for as we approach the end of 2021. Operating in the second year of a pandemic tested our endurance. In fact, the new Risk Management and Insurance Consulting services we added to our portfolio in 2020, became even more relevant to our clientele. We were also reminded of the restorative role that artwork plays to comfort and provide tranquility; whether in a healthcare facility, the workplace, at home or in virtual exhibitions. Picture That Consultants joined the world in a challenging reset and continued to focus on providing our clients and community with art services to satisfy their needs despite the pandemic. We are grateful for our network of artists, vendors and strategic alliances who help us execute projects for our amazing roster of clients. Thank You! Below are a few of our 2021 Project Highlights for your review.



One of our proudest moments in 2021 was launching H-DAP: HBCU Digital Art Collection Project, designed to virtually connect all 107 HBCU Art Collections nationwide. The purpose of this educational project is to advance the study of African American Art History & Culture by providing: Accessibility to America & Beyond Education & Cultural Enrichment American Art History “Completeness” Preservation & Risk Management Sustainability & Growth 15 HBCUs were featured in H-DAP during 2021. We look forward to on-boarding several others in 2022.

Benedict College

Florida Memorial University

​Hampton University

​Howard University

​Huston-Tillotson University

​Morehouse College

​Morgan State University

Norfolk State University

​North Carolina A&T State University

​North Carolina Central University

​Prairie View A&M University

​Southern University

​Spelman College

​University of the District of Columbia

Winston-Salem University

To register for upcoming H-DAP tours and educational workshops, email:



As the White House declared Juneteenth an official American holiday in June 2021, corporations with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the top of their agendas followed suit. Picture That was thrilled that our client SiriusXM was a leader in the pack. In addition to closing its offices nationwide, a week of Juneteenth festivities were provided for employees, its six HBCU Pathway Partners and the community at large. Picture That played a leadership role with program design including facilitating H-DAP Art Collection Tours with each HBCUs’ museum director; supplying art keepsakes designed by artist Larry Poncho Brown; organizing a virtual “Juneteenth” Dance Party featuring DJs ADAIR and DRAKE; and joining Karen Hunter‘s Talk Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View to spread the good “Juneteenth” news!



Brian Scantlebury, Connecticut River, Morning Calm, and Fall Colors, Photograph. This photograph was recently installed in Rocky Hill MOB. Picture That Consultants continued to provide art consulting services for healthcare facilities throughout New England, despite pandemic challenges. In partnership with Trinity Health of New England, our team sourced framed art for hospitals and Medical Office Buildings (MOB) with themes including tranquil waterscapes, soothing landscapes, soft florals, contemplative abstracts, local landmarks and Connecticut coastal scenes. The art provides comfort for patients, staff members, and visitors who frequent the facilities.


ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2021 Florida Memorial University Art Collection Goes Digital!

Florida Memorial University campus, Miami Gardens, Florida. This year, Picture That launched the first ever virtual tour of an HBCU art collection during Art Basel Miami Beach featuring Florida Memorial University (FMU) on December 3, 2021. A most premium highlight of the FMU Art Collection tour was a sculpture by Edward E. Parker called Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. This artwork honors the renowned composer, Jacksonville, FL native, and Florida Memorial University music teacher, J. Rosamund Johnson and his brother James Weldon Johnson who jointly wrote “The Negro National Anthem” of the same title. The tour was a part of Picture That’s H-DAP: HBCU Digital Art Collection Project where fifteen HBCU Art Collections have been featured thus far.

Edward E.Parker, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, Painted ceramic. Collection of Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL.

A special thanks to media partners Pigment International and Sugarcane Magazine for providing excellent coverage of Picture That’s H-DAP: HBCU Digital Art Collection Project and African Diaspora event happenings overall.

AIG Private Collectors Lounge Goes Live!

It was a pleasure to close out the year with AIG’s newly expanded Art Collection Team during Design Miami 2021. Excited to return to a live format, we sipped champagne while discussing all things art and design in AIG’s Private Collectors Lounge. Especially noteworthy, was the commissioned installation designed by the Black Artists and Designers Guild. Yet another great time had during Art Basel!


2022 UPCOMING EVENTS SAVE THE DATE Picture That Sponsors Howard University Gallery of Art Re-opening Reception January 21 - 22, 2022

Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), Forever Free, 1867, Marble. Collection of Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Howard University Gallery of Art celebrates its re-opening with a weekend of art-infused events. Festivities begin Friday January 21 with an Art Gallery Reception sponsored by Picture That Consultants. Two blockbuster Exhibitions, "Family Reunion: Portraits by Timothy J. Clark" and "New Acquisitions and African American Masters", will be on display. The headline event for Sat., January 22 is a Black-Tie Gala at the Piedmont Room featuring the Duke Ellington Legacy Band. Hats off to Dr. Lisa Farrington, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, and team for organizing a stellar line-up of events. For more information, view Howard University Gallery of Art website. Celebrate Black History Month Hampton University Museum Virtual Tour February 12, 2022

Henry O. Tanner (1859-1937), The Banjo Lesson, 1893, Oil on canvas. Collection of Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA.

Sponsored by the Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated, we are proud to facilitate a virtual tour of Hampton University Museum. Founded in 1868, the Hampton University Museum is the nation’s oldest African American museum and one of the oldest museums in Virginia. With galleries dedicated to African American, African, Native American, Asian and Pacific art and artifacts, the museum contains more than 9,000 objects representing cultures and people from around the world. Within its fine arts collection is the largest existing collection of works in any museum by the artists John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Samella Lewis. Register for the museum virtual tour here: Immediately following the virtual tour, a student workshop will be held that focuses on Conservation & Curatorial Museum Careers. Admission is free but student registration is required. For registration instructions contact:


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