Patrick was a generous lender to the National Gallery of Art's 2003 The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition. As a collector, his awareness of other owners of Bearden's paintings, drawings, and collages, which he graciously shared, contributed substantially to our research on this historic project. Patrick's passion for building personal relationships with artists and his belief in the contributions of their work to a deep understanding of our humanity are evident throughout his book, as is an expansive pride in the accomplishments of his broadly-based community. The Incredible Joy of Collecting African American Art: My Journey from Frog Town, S.C. to the National Gallery conveys both a personal and a universal journey.
Curator - National Gallery of Art 1972-2012
“What word could possibly express an intellectual, professional, and emotional appreciation to you for stripping naked to reveal your self, your infinite love for your grandmother, you indestructible loving bond to Judy, your cellular and life-sustaining connection to the art, culture, and creative expressions of our Black artists?
Yes, this is a book about an exceptional American art collection but at its core, it’s an undeniable ancestral/intergenerational love story! Your Journey from Frog Town, SC to the National Gallery is much more than a book, it’s a testimony!”
“I was raised as an Irish-Catholic in an integrated parochial school of mixed colors and classes. I understood my classmates were different than me but we were united as a single family under God our Father.
Patrick’s book revealed the nature of his passions, the source of his love, and the challenges of being black in America. This challenge of being African-American no longer was a documentary seen on TV but became personal to me. I cried at the injustice documented in the book but celebrated in the joy Patrick found in the embrace of his grandma and the pursuit of his passion.
There was something liberating for me in the journey of Patrick’s life. I suggest you travel along with him in this book.”
Gerard J. Hevern, M.D.
AAFP Family Physician of the Year, 2018
“This is a story about legacy and the power of love. A story about how a grandmother’s love transformed the life and aspirations of a young man from Frog Town, South Carolina, and how he is impacting others through his passion for collecting.
Through their shared love of art, Patrick and Judy Diamond nurtured the creative spirits and careers of numerous young African American artists by purchasing their work. By sharing their love of art and their extraordinary collection with aspiring artists at the Art Institute [of Chicago] and young high school students, Patrick and Judy are inspiring future generations of artists and collectors. A powerful legacy indeed.”
Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University
“Diamond describes his childhood, where Jim Crow restrictions and segregated neighborhoods limited opportunities and reinforced social, political, and cultural inequities. But it is the personal stories of how his love for art began with his Grandma, and how he and his wife Judy joined forces to support and celebrate African-American artists, that help the reader understand how collecting art is not only a passion, but also a way to build relationships, understand history (as well as history in the making), and create friendships that transcend the canvas.”
Owner, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art
“I have been savoring Patrick’s book, reading about some of the artists along the way. This alone opened worlds for me. Apart from the wonderful information on these great artists, I saw this as an important work on nurturing. Patrick’s grandmother nurtured him, and he, in turn, nurtured his relationships: friendship, family, love of art and the artists. The larger message, by way of example, is that what you love will love you back, if you take care of it.
Romare Bearden’s “Come Sunday” on the cover is so perfect – the grandmother with the beatific smile and kind eyes, enfolding the young girl in her arms who also has arms folded, and the grandmother in the background with her grandson. In addition, the personal stories of racism in the South had a strong emotional impact on me. This book is an incredible gem and deserves wide readership. It has within it so many life lessons.”
Emily Reyes-Prince, M.D.
Creative Journey: The Collection of Judy and Patrick Diamond
A Collector’s Tale
Diamond Collection of African American Art at the Gantt Center
GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art: Interview with Patrick Diamond – Romare Bearden Collection
Levine Museum Of The New South: Interview with Patrick Diamond
Romare Bearden Foundation