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David C. Driskell
One of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American Art, Driskell is highly regarded as both an artist and a scholar. Born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia, Driskell completed the art program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953 and then earned his undergraduate degree in art from Howard University (1955) and an M.F.A. from Catholic University of America (1962). In 1976, Driskell curated the groundbreaking exhibition “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950” which was foundational in the field of African American art history.
Prof. Driskell joined the faculty of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1977 where he taught until his retirement in 1998. He served as Art Department Chairperson from 1978-1983 and was named Distinguished University Professor of Art in 1995.
In 2000 Prof. Driskell was honored by President Bill Clinton as one of 12 recipients of the National Humanities Medal. In 2001, the University of Maryland established the David C. Driskell Center to honor Prof. Driskell as an artist, art historian, collector, curator, and scholar. In 2005, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, established the David C. Driskell Prize, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history. In 2007, Prof. Driskell was elected as a National Academician by the National Academy.
Art professor and mixed media artist Kevin E. Cole was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on January 19, 1960. He earned a B.S. degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1982, an M.A. in art education a year later, and an M.F.A in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984.
Cole began his art career as an art teacher at Camp Creek Middle School in College Park, Georgia in 1985. At the same time, he also became an adjunct professor at Georgia State University’s School of Art and Design where he remained until 1998. In 1990, Cole was chairperson of the visual and performing arts magnet program of Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia until 1994.
Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizes the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel. He incorporates patterns and textures from traditional African cloths to speak to human conditions and behaviors.
Creating new work at Raven Fine Art Editions.
Raven Fine Art Editions collaborated with artist Danny Simmons to create the new print edition, Deeper Desire.
Deeper Desire is a multi-media print comprised of four unique images, each printed on a sheet size of 22 x 30 inches. When joined, the four images create a unified work. The prints can be purchased individually or as a combined set. This series is made in a small production run intended for individual collectors.
Danny Simmons, Jr., is an American abstract painter, poet, and author. He strives to use painting as a spiritual conduit, and many of his works connect tribal musings to modern society. Much like modernists, he reworks or reimagines tribal paintings and markings into a modern context. His current work is inspired by textiles, and the artist uses dots, circles, and interconnected lines to form an abstract painting landscape.
Simmons is also a poet and co-producer of the hit HBO series (and Tony-winning Broadway show) Def Poetry Jam with his siblings Russell Simmons and Joseph Simmons. He also heads the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with his brother, Russell Simmons.