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April 9, 2003

Humanities Forum Presents Art Historian David Driskell

UMBC's Center for the Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts present one of the world's leading authorities on African American art, David Driskell, who will offer a lecture entitled Black Visual Theorists: A Spiritual Rendering, at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd, in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. A professor emeritus of art at the University of Maryland, College Park, David Driskell is a noted artist, educator, philanthropist, collector, and art historian. He has organized groundbreaking exhibitions and has written extensively and lectured around the world.

David Driskell's lecture on April 23rd is this year's Daphne Harrison Lecture and is part of UMBC's Humanities Forum, a program of events that illustrate the richness of contemporary work in philosophy, history, culture, language, literature, and the arts.

About David Driskell
David C. Driskell was born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia. Educated at Howard University, he received his MFA in 1961 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. Trained as a painter and art historian, Driskell works principally in collage and mixed media. He is represented by the D.C. Moore Gallery in New York City, Midtown Payson Gallery in Jupiter Island, Florida, the Sherry Washington Gallery in Detroit, Michigan and Bomani Gallery in San Francisco.

His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also exhibited internationally in South Africa, Poland and Brazil.

His work has been reviewed in many publications, including Art News, The New Art Examiner, Art in America, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit Free Press, and The New York Times. He has been the recipient of several foundation fellowships among which are the Harmon Foundation, three Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, and the Danforth Foundation.

Highly regarded as an artist and a scholar, Driskell is cited as one of the world's leading authorities on the subject of African American art. He is also the recipient of nine honorary doctoral degrees in art and has contributed significantly to scholarships in the history of art on the role of Black artists in America. He has authored five exhibition books on the subject of African American art, co-authored four others, and published more than 40 catalogues from exhibitions he has curated. His articles and essays on African American art have appeared in major publications throughout the world. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in Art from Howard University in 1981 and from The Catholic University of America in 1996. In October 1997, Driskell was awarded the President's Medal, the highest honor the University of Maryland, College Park bestows on a member of the faculty.

About the Humanities Forum
For more than a decade, the Humanities Forum has offered UMBC and the community a program of events that illustrate the richness of contemporary work in philosophy, history, culture, language, literature, and the arts. The speakers and performers that the Forum brings to campus provide students with the opportunity to discover new approaches to knowledge and offer intellectual stimulation to the faculty and the region. Forum events are often the occasion for the UMBC community to meet and speak with thinkers who have had enormous impact on current thinking. The Forum is particularly interested in demonstrating the links that bring the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences together.

Telephone
Center for the Humanities: 410-455-6798
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

Web
Center for the Humanities website: http://www.umbc.edu/humanities/

Images
Images for this event are available here: http://www.umbc.edu/newsevents/arts/hi-res/

Directions
From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 toexit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs tothe Albin O. Kuhn Library.

From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mileto the entrance of UMBC at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue andHilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Albin O. Kuhn Library.

From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B.Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Albin O.Kuhn Library.

Daytime metered visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue garage, near the Albin O. Kuhn Library. Visitor parking regulations are enforced onall University calendar days. Hilltop Circle and all campus roadwaysrequire a parking permit unless otherwise marked. An online campus map is available: http://www.umbc.edu/aboutumbc/campusmap/.

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Posted by dwinds1 at April 9, 2003 12:00 AM