David C. Driskell Center

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Our Mission

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, honors the legacy of David C. Driskell - Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Art, Artist, Art Historian, Collector, Curator, and Philanthropist - by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Established in 2001, the Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars, who are interested in broadening the field of African Diasporic studies. The Driskell Center is committed to collecting, documenting, and presenting African American art as well as replenishing and expanding the field.


Prof. Curlee Raven Holton, Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center
and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Department of Art
Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director
Stephanie L. Maxwell, Archivist


Graduate Assistants

Curtis Brooks, First Year – Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art
Molly Campbell, Second Year – Master of Library Science, Archive & Records Management
David McMichael, Second Year – Master of Applied Anthropology


Undergraduate Assistants

Chioma Agbaraji
Francis Ayoola-Adeola
Kevin Chan
Rokia Hassanein
Selwyn Hudson-Odoi
Courtney Jackson
Kathleen Janota
Jerome Johnson
Gavin Laughland
Jazlyn Nketia
Tyler Patterson
Oscar Pimienta
Joshua Reece
Angelie Villacampa


National Advisory Board Members

Dr. Renee Ater, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, MD
Prof. Ira Berlin, Historian, University of Maryland, MD
Ms. Erika R. Cosby, Art Collector, NY
Ms. Daphne Driskell-Coles, Ex Officio, MD
Ms. Daviryne Driskell-McNeill, Ex Officio, MD
Prof. David C. Driskell, Ex Officio, MD
Dr. Gwendolyn Everett, Chair of Department of Art, Howard University, Washington, DC
Mr. Greg Head, Art Collector, GA
Mrs. Yolanda Head, Art Collector, GA
Mr. Rodney Moore, Business Manager for Prof. Driskell, MD
Prof. Keith Morrison, Dean of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA
Mr. Jefferson Pinder, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Mr. Cleophus Thomas Jr., Attorney at Law, AL