David C. Driskell Center

Research and Creativity

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora aims to promote innovative approaches to the study of culture and social life in African communities and communities of African descent.

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Cultivating New Generations of Scholars, Artists, and Performers

In helping to found the Center, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus David C. Driskell called upon academe to cultivate new generations of artists and scholars of the African diaspora. Answering this call, the Center seeks to enrich research at Maryland in the humanities, social sciences and in artistic expression, particularly through the support of projects that take up innovative, interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to the complex aesthetic, social, and political questions raised by African and African diasporic identities.

Creative achievements supported by the David C. Driskell Center include the establishment of an annual Distinguished Lecture in the Visual Arts and a number of museum exhibitions including Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection (Spring 2002), Selections from Narratives of African American Art: The David C. Driskell Collection (Winter-Spring 2003), Bridges: Students of David C. Driskell from the University of Maryland, 1977-1997 (Spring 2003), Mary Lovelace O'Neal, (Spring 2004), Faith Ringold: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow, (Fall 2005), and David C. Driskell: Fragments of Color, (Spring 2006).