Geri Pass-Sowell

Co-Founder, National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups
Inspired by Fisk University teacher, painter, and art historian, Aaron Douglas, Geri Sowell wrote an essay on John Singer Sargeant. What had once been a childhood casual interest became a life focus. Later after teaching in Cincinnati Public Schools, she became a counselor. She began to volunteer at the Cincinnati Arts Consortium and later joined the staff as part-time Community Relations and Events planner, who co-planned art activities with local organizations. The A/C was the local home for many African American artists and musicians, and sponsored openings and programming by many artists who are nationally known.

Sowell has volunteered at the Cincinnati Art Museum in several capacities: Donald P. Sowell Committee, Board of Trustees, Volunteer Advisory Council, Docent Advisory Council, and the Travel Committee Chair, who developed one of the first museum excursions to Las Vegas as a visual arts and cultural destination.

She has served as a docent at three Cincinnati institutions, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Inaugural class of the National Underground Freedom Center. Enamored by 20th and 21st century art, she enjoyed touring exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center. Sowell collects videos and DVDs about visual artists and frequently donates these items the CAM (Cincinnati Art Museum) library. The local Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honored her for docent service. After reviewing the collection at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, she realized her dream of visiting the world's six top museums. She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys the challenge and opportunity of discussing art with new and seasoned art lovers.