David C. Driskell Center
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020


Passing of Professor David C. Driskell

We are sorry to inform you of the passing of Professor David C. Driskell

on April 1st, 2020 at the age of 88.


During these challenging times, it is difficult to mourn one individual, but we at

the David C. Driskell are here to honor his legacy and continue his work of

supporting and promoting African American artists. Once appropriate, we will

ensure that our community has the chance to mourn and celebrate the life of a

man who meant so much to so many of us.


We will continue to update our community as his family releases more information to us.


For more about David C. Driskell Memoriam see here.

For the Washington Post Obituary see here, or a PDF version here.   





COVID-19 Driskell Center Update 

Due to the national outbreak, the University of Maryland has reduced campus

operations through April 10th, at which point, the decision will be reevaluated.


As a result, the David C. Driskell Center Gallery will be closed and all events

have been canceled. We recognize that closing Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist & Visionary was disappointing for a lot of our community who did not get to visit. Because of this, we have uploaded more images to the checklist and are exploring potential alternative options for sharing the exhibition with our community. 


The Driskell Center Office is also closed and all staff are currently telecommuting; responses to voicemails may be delayed. The most effective way to reach the

Driskell Center is by e-mailing driskellcenter@umd.edu


We apologize for any inconvenience.


Updated: 04/04/2020 




Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist & Visionary

Roots (Odyssey Series), 1977