David C. Driskell Center




The David C. Driskell Center 2017-2018 academic year program is updated periodically.

Thursday, September 7 through November 17, 2017 - Exhibition

The Last Ten Years: In Focus

The Last Ten Years: In Focus will include highlights from the David C. Driskell Center's acquisitions for the last decade. The Driskell Center routinely exhibits a wide variety of themes and content in its shows, but it very rarely has an opportunity to show off some of the more unique and interesting items from its collections. The Last Ten Years will be an exciting opportunity for UMD and the broader community to sample the breadth and depth of the Driskell Center's art and archival holdings, which have grown by thousands of objects in the last decade. The exhibition will also display material from its archival collections.This exhibition will also serve as an opportunity for both the Driskell Center and its audience to examine questions around collecting, criticism, and legacy as they relate to art.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 5 – 7pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Artist Panel

This artist panel will be held in conjunction with The Last Ten Years: In Focus. The goal of the discussion is to provide an opportunity for our audience to hear directly from some of the artists whose works are included in the exhibition. Among the confirmed participants are: Floyd Coleman; Alonzo Davis; David C. Driskell; Cheryl D. Edwards; Annette Fortt; Martha Jackson Jarvis; Ulysses Marshall; Percy B. Martin; Valerie Maynard; E.J. Montgomery; Theresa Ramey; Preston Sampson; Sylvia Snowden; and Lou Stovall.

Discussion: Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 5-7 PM
RSVP by Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
Please indicate the event's name and the name(s) of the attendee(s).


October 28 and 29, 2017 - Collector's Course in Houston, Texas

These two 90-minute sessions, to take place at the Black Art in America Fine Art Show at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas, will discuss how, where, and why to collect African American art; how to care for your collection; and artists and collectors you need to know. Session A will take place on October 28, 2017 from 10-11:30 AM; Session B will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM.

Fees: $175 per person; limited to 30 people
To Register: contact info@blackartinamerica.com


Collector's School goes on the road!

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park is excited to take its popular Collector's School to Columbus, Georgia in partnership with the Columbus Museum and The Alma Thomas Society (an affiliate group of The Columbus Museum)! Have you wanted to build or properly tend a collection of art but weren't sure how? Are you interested in collecting American art - or focusing on African American art? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about how to start, avoid common pitfalls, and some of the practical considerations involved with caring for artwork. Sessions will focus on collecting African American art, but the advice and skills presented may be used by anyone interested in collecting art.

To register, contact: Liliana Harrell by email at lharrell@columbusmuseum.com or by phone at 706.748.2562 ext. 211

The program dates are as follows:
November 17, 1:30-7:30 PM
November 18, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Keynote lecture by Dr. David C. Driskell, November 17, 6:00 PM
Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

Please note: This program has a $300 fee. Space is limited to 30 participants and is secured on a first-come, first-served basis..