April 1, 2016

David C. Driskell

Artist and scholar David Driskell is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on African American Art. Driskell was born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia and educated at Howard University where he eared his undergraduate degree and then went on to get his M.F.A. from Catholic University in Washington D.C. In 1976, Driskell opened his groundbreaking exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art”, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Since 1977, Driskell has served as cultural advisor to Camille and Bill Cosby and curator of the Cosby Collection of Fine Arts. He has written five exhibition books, co-authored four others and published more than forty catalogues from exhibitions he has curated. He has lectured extensively in North America, Europe, Africa and South America, and has taught at numerous Universities. In 1998, the University of Maryland established the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora. He has been a practicing artist since the 1950s and has exhibited his work widely around the world. He is highly sought after as a major stained glass artist. In December of 2000, President Clinton bestowed the National Humanities Medal on Driskell.

Driskell has worked with EPI for over ten years, producing artwork which may be found here.

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David C. Driskell at work in the studio.

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David Driskell and Curlee Holton at work in the EPI studio.

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