David C. Driskell Center


Romare Bearden:

Artist as Activist & Visionary

Thursday, January 30 - Friday, May 1, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 5-7PM



The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland is proud to announce its Spring 2020 exhibition, Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist & Visionary which explores the body of work of one of the 20th century’s most important visual artists and highlights his life as an educator, scholar, writer, songwriter, and social activist.

“Romare Bearden was not only a mature and richly gifted artist, he was one of America's early scholars in the study and documentation of the creative legacy of African American art. His unique collage like style and intimate subject matter brought to life histories and familial relationships of African Americans with respect and affection.”
-Professor Curlee R. Holton, Director, David C. Driskell Center

Artist as Activist & Visionary features over 45 works including collages, watercolors, drawings, prints, and editorial cartoons through which Bearden explored race and racial stereotypes, often taking inspiration from history, literature, the Bible, jazz, the African American community, and his imagination. The Driskell Center also presents several works by Romare Bearden (1911-1988) from its permanent art collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by several events. Click here for additional information.

The Driskell Center Gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday from 11AM to 4PM with extended hours on Wednesday until 6PM and the following Saturdays: February 22nd, March 28th, and April 25th, 2020 from 11AM to 4PM. The Driskell Center Gallery will be closed from March 16th through the 20th for Spring Break. The Driskell Center observes all University of Maryland closings due to inclement weather and holidays. The David C. Driskell Center office is open daily during the weekdays from 8:30AM through 4:30PM.