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David C. Driskell Center Print Series

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The Driskell Center is proud to present the David C. Driskell Center Print Series. Prominent African American artists have been invited to create prints that commemorate the significant artistic achievements of Prof. David C. Driskell. The limited edition prints are made available to support the David C. Driskell Center's programming and the Center's efforts to cultivated the next generations of artists of color.

Please contact Deputy Director Dorit Yaron for pricing information at
301.405.6835 or dyaron@umd.edu





Benny Andrews
Blues Player , 2006
Etching, limited edition print
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle,
23.5 x 18.5 in.
Edition of 75


Benny Andrews is a nationally recognized collage artist, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and illustrator whose work depicts images of his feelings regarding human life. Andrews attended Fort Valley State College, GA, then went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Chicago Art Institute. Andrews' artworks are included in many major permanent collections, such as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta , the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art , and the Studio Museum in Harlem, all in New York City . He donated his archives of material about black artists in the 1960s and '70s to Harlem's Studio Museum . A large body of his work resides in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans .
Benny Andrews passed away on November 24, 2006.

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Willie Cole
American Domestic , 2016
Limited edition print
Digital Pigment and Serigraph
34 x 28 in.
Edition of 30


In this piece, American Domestic (2016), artist Willie Cole appropriates imagery from an iconic piece of the American visual art canon: Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic (1930). Cole, however, uses his unique and playful perspective to modify the original with some of his trademark symbols: irons, scorch marks, and African religious iconography. By refashioning Wood’s original, Cole is able to ask questions about the legacy of African American domestic work, homemaking, and the place of African Americans and African American artists in the broader American artistic canon.

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David C. Driskell
Chieftain’s Chair, 2011
Limited edition print
Image size 24 x 18 in.
Paper size 30 x 22 in.
Edition of 90


Chieftain’s Chair is a print based on a 1966 oil and collage painting that is in the Howard University Gallery of Art collection. Chieftain’s Chair was printed with Master Printmaker Curlee Raven Holton at Raven Editions.

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David C. Driskell
Yoruba Couple , 2007
Textured serigraph and relief
24 x 18 in.
Edition of 100


This print combines an image from a relief block created in the 1970s with new imagery and iconography from current work by David C. Driskell. Yoruba Couple was printed with Master Printmaker Prof. Curlee Raven Holton at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College , Easton , PA. The print has been created by David C. Driskell to celebrate the opening of the David C. Driskell Center at its new home in Cole Student Activities Building at the University of Maryland , College Park.

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Leon Hicks
Appalachian Sequela, 2016
New Faces: Series X #4 , 2016
Inner City: Series I #1 , 2016
Engraving
Image Size: 13.5x19 in.
Paper Size: 22.25x25 in.
Edition of 25


These three prints by Leon Hicks use a geometric, angular style to play with various perspectives and themes. These three prints represent a sharp take on urban life, self-relfection, and portraiture.

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Robin Holder
2009
Monotype with stencils
14 x 17 in. each
(The image is an example of various animal prints by the artist)


Robin Holder is a contemporary African American artist. She was born in Chicago, IL and raised in New York City. Much of Holder’s work depicts her childhood, experiences and beliefs. Holder has had works commissioned by places such as the New York City Metro Transportation Authority, the National Black Arts Festival, the Met Life Foundation School Art Program, and the Gallery Saoh, Tokyo Japan. Some of her collections can be found at the Library of Congress, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, The Printmaking Workshop, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her work has also been included in single and group exhibitions at places such as The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Ithica, NY, the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, and the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, she served as Program Auditor on the New York State Council on the Arts in 2005, was the Program Evaluator for the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York City from 2000-2003, and was Fellowship Program Director for the Printmaking Workshop, Inc from 1977-1986. Holder currently teaches art in the New York public school system.

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Joseph Holston
Man in Boat, 2006
Etching limited edition print
18 x 24 in.
Edition of 100


Joseph Holston was born in Washington , D.C. in 1944. His self-directed study incorporated painting, drawing, and printmaking at Montgomery College in Maryland and Howard University in Washington , D.C. , including mentoring by such notable artists as Louis Mailou Jones and James Lesesne Wells. Holston 's Cubist abstractionist style and multi-media art utilizes bold and vibrant color, as well as subtle black and white etchings. Much of Holston 's works incorporates musical themes and elements. His works are included in several private collections including those of Patti LaBelle, Angela Bassett, and Wynton Marsalis.

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Richard Mayhew
A Landscape For Bob, 2013
Limited Edition Print
Serigraph
Image 18" X 24" (paper 24" X 30")
Edition of 90


Richard Mayhew was born in 1924 in Amityville, New York. His reverence for the land and sea was established during his early years in Long Island. In the late 1950s, Mayhew studied art at the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art School, the Art Students League, and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His works have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows, and are in the collections of major museums. Primarily a landscape painter, Mayhew's works represent the spirituality and universality of nature. His landscapes are generally drawn from memory and executed in the studio. Mayhew, who refers to himself as an improvisationalist, also credits his link with the land and nature to his Native American and African American heritage. His interpretive landscapes compliment the emotional aspects of color; this can be seen particularly well in the print "A Landscape for Bob," depicting a bright landscape and uplifting scenery.

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Michael B. Platt
Two Sisters, 2003
Archival pigment on Hahnemühle
34 x 14.5 in.


Platt was born in 1948 and raised in Washington , D.C. , where he currently resides. He received his BFA at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio , and his MFA from Howard University where he currently teaches art. His exhibition record includes many group and solo exhibitions, nationally and internationally. He has held residencies at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City and at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring , Maryland . Platt has received numerous grants from the District of Columbia Commission for Arts and Humanities for Individual Artists, and in 1999 received the 15th Washington , D.C. Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

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Alison Saar
Brierpatch Blues , 2014
Paper: Rives BFL White
Image size 39 x 20 in.
Edition of 60


Saar is one of three daughters of artist Betye Saar and was encouraged from an early age to explore and engage with art. She completed her BFA in Studio Art and Art History at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, in 1978 and received her MFA from Otis Art Institution in Los Angeles, CA, in 1981. Saar studied Afro-Caribbean, Haitian, African, and Afro-Cuban art with Samella Lewis and became interested in African American folk art, which then influenced her subject matter. In addition to her interest in African and Haitian folklore, she is also engaged with contemporary African American popular culture and religion, as well as classical mythology. Saar’s artwork often addresses issues of social, racial, and sexual identity. In 1982, at the age of twenty-six, her work was presented in her first solo exhibition at the Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She has since exhibited at many venues across the United States, including the High Museum, Atlanta, GA, 1993; the Phyllis Kind Gallery, NY, 2001; and the LUX Art Institute, Encinitas, CA, 2011, where she also serves as an artist in residence. Saar has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the New York City Art Commission’s Excellence in Design Award, 2005; the 2004 Anonymous Was a Woman Award; and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1989 and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1988, among others.

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Alison Saar
Fall, 2014
Paper: Rives BFK Buff
Image size 11 x 14 in.
Edition of 30


(Saar's biography is the same as above)

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Preston Sampson
Mood Indigo
(Duke Ellington's 100th Birthday), 1999
Color serigraph limited edition print Image size 31 x 21.5 in.
Edition of 100


Sampson, born in 1960 in West Palm Beach , Florida , received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland , College Park , in 1984. He is known for his artistic use of vibrant acrylics on canvas, vivid watercolors, and mixed-media collages. A recurring theme of his works include the dominant male figure, drawn to a stately and heroic scale. Sampson has also produced a series of works on the African American men of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Many of his works also include musical themes, jazz melodies in particular.

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William T. Williams
Karen's Tale, 2008
Serigraph
24 x 18 in.
Edition 50


William T. Williams earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1966, and his Masters of Fine Arts from Yale School of Fine Arts, Yale University in 1968. Born in Cross Creek, North Carolina, he is now a resident of New York City. Over the past thirty years, Williams' work has been exhibited in more than one hundred museums and art centers worldwide. His works can be found in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the North Carolina State Museum, and the Library of Congress.

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William T. Williams
Bee's Quest, 2008
Serigraph
24 x 18 in.
Edition 25


(Williams's biography is the same as above)

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