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Dorit Yaron –Deputy Director, David Driskell, and Prof. Curlee Holton – Acting Director
in Athens, Greece for the 4th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts 2013.

On July 1, 2012, Prof. Curlee R. Holton was appointed as the Centerís Acting Executive Director; he has since agreed to continue this appointment for one more year.

What an exciting time we had this year! Our exhibition African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center opened in the fall 2012; it then traveled to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, and will be opened in January 2014 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC before traveling to the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA. Our spring exhibition Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts closed in May 2013 and travels to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO, where it will open in October 2013.

In 2012 the Driskell Center was also honored with the gift of more than 270 works, valued at more than $2.4 million, from the Sandra and Lloyd Baccus Collection; Sandra served as a board member and was a huge fan of both Prof. Driskell and the Center.

As we are sure you will all agree, one of our most important assets at the Center is Prof. David C. Driskell himself. The Center has been working closely with Prof. Driskell on several projects, including an exhibition of his works presented in May in Osaka, Japan. A Vision of Paradise was a huge success which involved working with students and faculty from the University of Osaka.

In addition, Dorit Yaron, the Centerís Deputy Director, presented a talk about African American art and the contribution of Prof. Driskell to the field at the 4th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece. David was very excited to go back to Athens after more than 50 years and he celebrated his 82nd birthday with us at a party hosted by two of his students from Howard University (1961).

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