About This Exhibition

This exhibition organized by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park

Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell highlights for the first time the prints of the renowned Distinguished University of Maryland Professor Emeritus of Art, David C. Driskell, an Artist, Art Historian, Collector, Curator, Educator, and one of the most recognized and respected names in the world of African American art and culture.

He has been a practicing artist and active printmaker since the 1950's. His works are in major museums throughout the world, including the National Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, and Yale University Art Gallery, to name a few. In 1976, Driskell curated the groundbreaking exhibit "Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950" which laid the foundation for the field of African American Art History. Since 1977, Professor Driskell has served as cultural advisor to Camille O. and William H. Cosby and as the curator of the Cosby Collection of Fine Arts. In 2000, in a White House Ceremony, Professor Driskell received the National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton . In 2007, he was elected as a National Academician by the National Academy.

This exhibition organized by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park includes more than seventy-five prints by Driskell as well as several works on paper which will provide insight into Driskell's artistic process and development. In addition, the exhibition includes several woodblocks used to produce the prints. "Evolution" is curated by the David C. Driskell Center 's Curator-in-Residence, Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, a graduate of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Image credits: Spirits Watching, 1986. Handcolored offset lithograph, edition of 100, 21.50" x 29.75" © David C. Driskell