David Driskell

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David Driskell's Career


Professor of Art, University of Maryland, College Park, 1977-Present

Professor and Chairman, Department of Art, University of Maryland, College Park, 1978-1983

Professor of Art and Chairman, Department of Art, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1966-1977

Associate Professor of Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1962-1966

Assistant Professor of Art, Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama, 1955-1962

Christa Clarke 1998 Ph.D. - Art History

Helen Shannon 1998 Ph.D. - Art History

Marietta Oliveria 1994 M.F.A. - Painting

Tritobia Benjamin 1991 Ph.D. - Art History

Delia Rose Albert 1990 M.F.A. - Painting

Guy McElroy 1990 Ph.D. - Art History (joint supervision)

  • Served on the thesis committees of twelve M.F.A. students in the Department of Art, 1985-1997
  • Served on dissertation committees of seven doctoral students in Music, Art History, and Art Education 1984-1997
  • Serving as advisor to four students pursuing Ph.D. in African American Art History, 1997
  • Served as external reviewer on dissertation committees for one Ph.D. student at Columbia University, one at University of Texas (Austin), and one at University of Pennslyvania, 1995, 1996, and 1997

    Visiting Artist, The Haystack Mountain School of the Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, Summer, 1992

    Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Spring, 1990

    Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Queens College, CCNY, Flushing, N.Y., Spring semester, 1989

    Distinguished Visiting UNCF Scholar, Talladega College, Spring semester, 1987

    Curator, The Cosby Collection of Fine Arts, 1977-Present

    Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1975-1976

    Resident Artist, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, Summer, 1978

    Visiting Artist, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, 1976

    Visiting Artist, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, Summer, 1975

    Guest Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1975-1977

    Visiting Professor of Art, Bates College, Spring, 1973

    Visiting Professor of Art, Bowdoin College, Spring, 1973

    Guest Curator, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1972

    Visiting Professor, Obafemi Awolowo University (University of Ife), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1969-1970

    Acting Chairman and Director of the Gallery of Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1963-1964 and 1965-1966

    Associate Director, Barnett Aden Gallery, 1962-1966


    Sixty-five Stained Glass Windows, DeForest Chapel, Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama, 1996

    Two Stained Glass Windows, Peoples Congregational Church, Washington, D.C., 1990


    Doctor of Fine Arts

  • Maine College of Arts, 1996
  • CCNY, Baruch College, 1994
  • Bowdoin College, 1989
  • SUNY, College at Old Westbury, 1989
  • Tougaloo College, 1977

    Doctor of Humane Letters

  • Fisk University, 1997
  • Talladega College, 1993
  • Rust College, 1991
  • Daniel Payne College, 1977

    The President's Medal - University of Maryland, College Park, 1997

    Citation from The Maryland House Senate, 1997

    Citation from The Prince Georges Council and the City of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1997

    Citation from The Catholic University of America: Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in Art, 1996

    Distinguished University Professor of Art Title, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1995

    Amistad Research Center Creative Award, 1993

    Art Service Citation, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 1993

    Model of Excellence Award in Art, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Washington, D.C. 1993

    Citation from Major of City of Detroit for Services to Art, 1992

    The President's Achievement Award in Art, Lincoln University, 1991

    Governors Award, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1986

    Citation from the Mayor of the City of Washington, D.C.for Distinguished Services in the Arts, 1982

    Citation from the Friends of African Art, Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, for Recognition of an Outstanding Career as a Lecturer, Exhibitor and Writer, 1982

    Citation from Howard University, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in Art, 1981

    Citation for Meritorious Service in Art, Religious Communities for the Arts, New York, 1980

    Citation from the Portland, Maine Chapter NAACP for Meritorious Service in Art, 1978

    Citation from the Legislature of the State of Maine for Services in Art to the State and Nation, 1978

    Citation for Meritorious Service in Art, Borough of Brooklyn, and The Brooklyn Museum, 1977

    Citation for Meritorious Service in Art, City of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976

    Citation for Meritorious Service in Art, City of Hartford, Connecticut, 1976

    Travel Grant, Republic of South Africa, 1997

    Travel Grant, London, England 1990

    Research and Travel Grant, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Yemen and France, 1990 (Private Foundation)

    Research and Travel Grant, Tokyo, Japan, 1987

    Research and Travel Fellowship (African Culture in the Americas: Brazil, 1983, 1985 & 1987) (Private Foundation)

    Research Assignment, Art and Humanities, University of Maryland, 1984

    Fellow, Yaddo Foundation, Summer, 1980

    R.C.F.A. ICRAAE Travel Grant, Mexico City, Mexico, 1978

    R.C.F.A. ICRAAE Travel Grant, Jerusalem, Israel, and Athens, Greece, 1973

    U.S.I.A. Supplementary Grant for European Lectureship and Travel, 1972

    American Film Institute Grant, 1969

    National Endowment for the Arts Institutional Grant, 1969 and 1975

    Fisk University - Rockefeller Foundation Faculty Fellowship (Research), 1967 and 1970

    Fellowship for Summer Study, Netherlands Institute for the History of Art, The Hague, 1964

    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Museum Study in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark and England, 1964

    Special Study Grant for Graduate Work, The Catholic University of America, Danforth Foundation, 1961-1962

    Scholastic Scholarship in Art, Howard University, 1952-1955

    Artist Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1953

    PRIZES AND ART AWARDS (partial listing)
    National Art Education Association, Annual Award, San Francisco, California, 1996

    Institute for Independent Education, Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C., 1995

    American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1993-1994

    Amistad Research Center Award, 1993

    Colgate-Palmolive Model of Excellence Award in Art, 1993

    Purchase Award, Birmingham Museum of Art, 1972

    Purchase Award, Tougaloo College Gallery, 1973

    Purchase Award, Arkansas Fine Arts Center, 1975

    Museum Donor Award, American Federation of Arts, 1962 and 1964

    Purchase Award, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1965

    Harmon Foundation Special Award, 1964

    Second Award in Graphic Arts, Atlanta University, 1961

    John Hope Award in Art, Atlanta University, 1959

    Charles W. Allen Award in Art, Howard University, 1954-1955

    Bocour Progress Award in Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1953

    Advisory Committee, Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City by Henry O. Tanner, The White House, October, 1996

    Member, Board of Directors, Association of International Art Critics, Paris - New York, December, 1995

    Keynote Speaker, "The Global Presence of African Spirit in Contemporary Art," The DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, 1994

    Member, Advisory Board, Maine College of Art, 1994

    Member, Advisory Board, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1994

    Member, Board of Governors, Colby College Museum, Waterville, Maine, 1993-Present

    Keynote Speaker, Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, 1993

    Moderator, "Collecting African American Art," New School for Social Research, New York, New York, 1993

    Keynote Speaker, National Conference of Artists, Washington, D.C., 1991

    Member, Advisory Committee, WETA-TV, African American Art Program, 1991

    Member, Advisory Committee, Bronx Museum of Art, 1990-1991

    Chairman of the Commission, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, 1992-Present

    Member, African American Museum Initative, Smithsonian Institute, 1990-1992

    Member, Board of Trustees, Lincoln University, Oxford, Pennsylvania, 1988-1991

    Member, Advisory Board, Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania, 1989-1991

    Trustee, American Federation of Arts, New York, New York., 1968-Present

    President, Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, 1989-Present

    Member, Board of Trustees, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1990-Present

    Member, Selection and Awards Committee, Ford Foundation Program for Black and Hispanic Museums, 1989-1990

    Member, Board of Trustees, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1988-Present

    Member, The Visual Arts Review Panel of the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, Washington, D.C., 1982-1984

    Member, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, College Art Association of America, 1980-1984

    Member, Board of Commissioners, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1979-Present

    Member, Board of Directors, Duke Ellington School of Arts, Washington, D.C., 1977-1980

    Member, Board of Directors, Religious Communities Fellowship of the Arts, 1977-1980

    Member, Board of Directors, International Congress on Religion, Architecture, Art and Environment, 1977-1980

    Member, Policy Panel, National Endowment for the Arts, 1980-82

    Member, Board of Governors, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1975-1988

    Member, Museum Advisory Panel, National Endowment for the Arts, 1974-1977

    Member, Board of Directors, Barnett Aden Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1962-1969

    WETA-TV, Film on William H. Johnson, 1995-1996

    The Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1995-Present

    Art and Education Consultant, "The Cosby Show", 1987-88

    National Office of Negro Land Grant Colleges, 1980

    Religious Communities for the Arts, United Church, 1978

    Institute for Services to Museums, 1977-1978

    Institute for Learning and Teaching, 1977-1979

    National Endowment for the Humanities, 1975-1977

    National Endowment for the Arts, 1974-1977

    Art Resource Technical Services, 1976-Present

    Aaron Douglas Collection of Afro-American Art, United Church of Christ, and Amistad Research Center, 1976-Present

    National Humanities Faculty, 1974-1975

    Services to Education, Curriculum Research Group, Newton, Massachusetts, 1969

    Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969-1974

    MEMBERSHIPS (partial listing)
    Smithsonian Associates

    American Federation of Art

    College Art Association of America

    National Conference of Artists

    Narrator, "Hidden Heritage: Roots of Black American Painting," British Academy of Film and Television Arts, London, Winter, 1990

    "The Harlem Renaissance,@ (a narrative), WHMM-TV Channel 32, Washington, D.C., 1988

    "Getting There," WJLA-TV Channel 7, Washington, D.C., 1984, (art segment)

    Narrator and Scriptwriter, "Hidden Heritage, 1750-1950," A CBS Cultural News Special, (National Affiliates Viewing, 1977, 1978, 1982), 1977 (one-hour documentary)

    "The Today Show," with Tom Brokow, NBC, July 4, 1977

    "The Voice of America and Foreign Television," 1972 and 1974

    Associate Producer, "Gifts of Black Folks," Artisan Productions, Hollywood, California, 1978

    Narrator, "The Howard University Afro-American Art Collection," The Peterson Company, 1978

    Narrator, "Two Centuries of Black American Art," Pyramid Films, 1976 (Collaborated with Producer, Carlton Moss, Pyramid Films)

    Narrator, "The Afro-American Artist," 1975, (Collaborated with Producer, Calton Moss, Pyramid Films)

    "Paul Lawrence Dunbar," Santa Monica, California, 1972, (Collaborated with Producer, Carlton Moss, Pyramid Films)

    Narrator, "Missing Pages," Perennial Education, Inc., 1971 (Collaborated with Producer, Carlton Moss, Pyramid Films)

    Academy of Fine Arts, Tunis, Tunisia

    African Center, London, England

    Bath Museum, Bath, England

    Cape Town University, Cape Town, South Africa

    Chelsea College of Art, London England

    Chomongeba National Teacher's College, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    European World Community Center Institute, Luxemburg

    Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

    Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone

    Haile Sellasie I University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Johannesburg College of Art, South Africa

    Netherlands-American Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

    South African Art Association, Cape Town, South Africa

    South African National Gallery of Art, Cape Town, South Africa

    Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    University of Hull, Hull England

    University of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    African American Museum of Life and Cultures

    Art Institute of Chicago

    The Baltimore Museum of Art

    Boston Museum of Fine Arts

    The Brooklyn Museum of Art

    Chrysler Museum

    The California Afro-American Museum

    The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    Dallas Museum of Art

    Detroit Institute of Arts

    Everson Museum

    Gibbes Art Gallery

    High Museum of Atlanta

    Hudson River Museum

    Jocelyn Museum

    Kansas City Art Institute

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    M. H. deYoung Memorial Museum

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    Museum of Rhode Island School of Design

    National Archives

    National Gallery of Art

    National Museum of African Art

    National Museum of American Art

    Nelson Museum of Art

    New Orleans Museum of Art

    North Carolina Museum of Art

    Norton Museum of Art

    Oakland Museum of Art

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    San Francisco Museum

    Speed Art Museum

    The Walters Art Gallery

    Alabama State University

    Amherst College

    Berea College

    Bowdoin College

    Colby College

    Dillard University

    Fisk University

    Harvard University

    Haverford College

    Howard University

    Illinois State University

    Iowa State University

    Marquette University

    Mercer University

    New School for Social Research

    Ohio State University

    Pennsylvania State University

    Queens College

    Sacramento State University

    Southern Illinois University

    Spelman College

    Xavier University, Ohio

    SUNY, College at Old Westbury

    Syracuse University

    Stony Brook University

    Talladega College

    Troy State University

    University of Arkansas, Little Rock

    University of California, Berkeley

    University of California, Davis

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

    University of Iowa

    University of Michigan

    University of Mississippi, Oxford

    University of Missouri, Columbia

    University of South Carolina, Columbia

    University of Southern Maine, Portland

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Vanderbilt University

    Virginia Union University

    Youngstown University

    Xavier University, New Orleans


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