Graves + Mallett Art Solutions mourns the passing of Dr. David C. Driskell, artist, educator, curator and scholar of African American art. A graduate of Howard University, Driskell earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Catholic University of American and holds nine Honorary Doctoral degrees. A dedicated educator and scholar, Driskell dedicated his life to not only creating art but shaping the minds of generations of young artists, art historians and collectors.
Always dedicated to education, Driskell taught at Talladega College, Howard and Fisk Universities and served as a visiting Professor of art at Bowdin College, University of Michigan, Queens College and Obafemi Awolowo University before settling in for the remainder of his teaching career as faculty and later chair of the art department at the University of Maryland. In 2001, the University of Maryland established the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora. The Center’s mission is “to provide an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars, who are interested in broadening the field of African Diasporic studies”.
Dr. Driskell published several books on African American art and authored more than 40 exhibition catalogues. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards and prizes. With heartfelt appreciation for a life well lived, Graves + Mallett Art Solutions honors the legacy of Dr. David C. Driskell.