Established by the High Museum of Art in 2005, the David C. Driskell Prize is the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of art of the African Diaspora. Named after the renowned African American artist and art scholar, the prize recognizes a US-based scholar or artist in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose artistic practice or scholarly work makes an original and important contribution to the visual arts and study of art of the African Diaspora. A cash award of $25,000 accompanies the prize.
David C. Driskell Prize Dinner
Save-The-Date: Friday, April 24, 2020
High Museum of Art
2020 David C. Driskell Prize Winner
Jamal D. Cyrus is the 2020 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize in recognition of his contributions to the field of African American art. Based in Houston, Texas, Cyrus works across media in a conceptual, research-driven practice that interrogates American history within the framework of black political movements, the influence of the African Diaspora, and social struggle. Encompassing object-based to performance art, Cyrus’ work is a form of self-education, aiming to rectify gaps in the understanding of cultural and national heritage.
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David C. Driskell, Doorway (detail) from Doorway portfolio, 2008, purchase with David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisition Fund, 2009.42.1.
David C. Driskell is a practicing artist and scholar whose work on the African Diaspora spans more than four decades. The High Museum of Art’s relationship with Driskell began in 2000, when the Museum presented the concurrent exhibitions “To Conserve a Legacy” and “Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection,” which examined African American art in the broad historical context of modern and contemporary art.
Born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia, Driskell is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in 1955 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Catholic University in 1962. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1953 and studied art history in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1964.