An Art Journey with David C. Driskell

March 21, 2019

Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecturer
An Art Journey with David C. Driskell

David C. Driskell

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Speaker: David C. Driskell, artist and scholar in the field of African American Art

The Arthur Ross Gallery is proud to announce that David C. Driskell, distinguished artist, professor, and scholar in the field of African-American art,  will present the third annual Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture on March 21, 2019.

Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is cited as one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject of African American Art.  He has been the recipient of thirteen honorary doctoral degrees and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of Black artists in America.  He has authored seven books on the subject of African American Art, co-authored four others, and published more than forty catalogs from exhibitions he has curated.

Driskell was born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia, USA.  He was educated at Howard University and received the Master of Fine Arts degree in 1961 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Maryland, College Park.  In October 1997, Driskell was awarded the University of Maryland President’s Medal, the highest honor given to a member of its faculty.  He received the United States Presidential Medal from Bill Clinton in December 2000 as a National Endowment for the Humanities recipient.  Upon his retirement from teaching at the University of Maryland in 1998, The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora was founded to promote his scholarship and service to the University.

Trained as a painter and art historian, Driskell works principally in collage and mixed media.  His paintings and prints have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the USA, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.  He has exhibited internationally in England, Holland, South Africa, Poland, Brazil, Japan, and Chile.  He has been the recipient of several foundation fellowships among which are the Harmon Foundation, three Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships and the Danforth Foundation.

In October 2006, Pomegranate Artbooks published David Driskell: Artist and Scholar by Julie McGee.  This is the first biography and comprehensive monograph on the artist.

Through this annual lecture series Susan T. Marx (CW’66) and the Arthur Ross Gallery seek to inspire Penn students across disciplines to develop an interest in or a passion for art and to attract a regional and national audience. Funding for the Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture Series is provided by a gift to the University of Pennsylvania from Susan T. Marx.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

6:00 PM

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