David C. Driskell Center

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**The archive records do not constitute the entirety of the David C. Driskell Papers. Records are continuously being added and updated. Please check again soon.**

The Art Collection

The David C. Driskell Center is proud to present and preserve its collection of works by African American artists. The collection which includes drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media, and sculptures and works by well known artists, such as Benny Andrews, Aaron Douglas, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Keith Morrison, Faith Ringgold, Augusta Savage, Charles White, and William T. Williams.

The David C. Driskell Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]. The grant is awarded as part of the NEA’s Access to Artistic Excellence Grant program.

The Archive Collection

The David C. Driskell Center is proud to present and preserve the Professor David C. Driskell Archive of African American Art, a task central to the Center’s mission to expand and replenish the field of African American art. The Driskell archive was assembled over more than six decades and consists of an estimated 50,000 objects.

In 2013, the David C. Driskell Center was awarded a $251,700 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through the Council on Library and Information Resources [CLIR], Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. About 30% of the archive has been documented through a two-year grant awarded to the Center in 2011 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services [IMLS].

To follow our progress in processing the David C. Driskell Papers, visit our blog at driskellcenterarchives.wordpress.com.

Among the unique objects in the Driskell Archive are exhibition catalogues; lectures; students’ dissertations; slides; art projects; children’s art kits about African American life and culture; magazines; and most importantly, correspondences with such nationally known artists as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keefe and James Porter. Most material included in the archive has yet to be explored; however, the contribution of Professor Driskell to the field of African American art is unquestionable.

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