David C. Driskell
University of Maryland
Humanities and Arts
Visual and Performing Arts—Scholarship, Criticism, and Practice (including Art, Architecture, Sculpture, Music, Theater, Film, and Dance)
David C. Driskell's life is an inspiration for his contributions as an artist, teacher, writer, and philanthropist. Through his publications he has shaped the history of African American Art, and through the many exhibitions he has organized he has brought African American art to public awareness. As a professor of art and art history at Howard and Fisk universities, and at the University of Maryland, he has formed generations of artists and art historians. The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland was founded in his honor. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton in 2000.