David C. Driskell Center

Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection

Thursday, February 2 - Friday, June 22, 2012


Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection , an exhibition of works by some of the most highly regarded African American artists, organized by 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, opens on Thursday, February 2, 2012 with a public reception from 5-7PM. The exhibition will stay open until June 22, 2012. The Gallery will be open four additional Saturdays, February 25, March 10, April 28 and May 19, 2012 from 11am - 4pm. The gallery will be closed for Spring Break, March 19-20 and Memorial Day, May 28, 2012.

Forty-five artists, using traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, monoprint, lithography, linocut and silkscreen, created the sixty-two works on display. The exhibition highlights the remarkable focus of the Jean and Robert Steele collection. For the last four decades, the Steeles have developed a collection of hundreds of prints and works on paper by African American artists.

Instrumental in the Steele’s collecting has been their patronage of printmaking workshops that have been established by, and focus on, African American artists, such as Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, Inc. in New York City; Allan Edmunds’s Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA; Lou Stovall’s Workshop, Inc. and Percy Martin’s WD Graphics Studio, both in Washington, DC. In addition to workshops established by African Americans, works in the collection also represent various institutions with which African American artists have collaborated, such as Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Brunswick, NJ.

For more about the Successions exhibition read:
Yaron, Dorit. “Making A Difference: Collecting African American Art.”Journal of the Print World January 35 (2012): 12