Dear AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Community:

This inaugural newsletter is dedicated to the influential life and work of Dr. David C. Driskell, trailblazing art historian, critical thinker, curator, artist, and friend (1931-2020). His unwavering advocacy and commitment to Black art, artists, and pedagogy will remain a beacon for our students and the work that we do. 

The AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective was launched just six months ago with the bold mandate to serve students at the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation and the vibrant arts and culture community of Metro Atlanta. Our tailormade curriculum in art history and curatorial studies, taught by leading scholars and innovators in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College, is training students at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College to become cultural leaders and change agents in the multibillion-dollar art industry. 

Our commitment to our students and community could not be clearer, as we recalibrate how we learn and engage with the visual arts in the face of the current public health crisis. Buoyed by art’s exponential power to heal and educate, we invite you to dive into our monthly newsletter for breaking art news and educational resources, including podcasts, academic symposia, and virtual content from our local, national and global art partners. 

A sampling of our signature programs, including Thinking Outside of the White CubeArt Insider and Distinguished Lectures has put us on your radar and with this inaugural newsletter, we welcome you to explore our websiteInstagram, and other social media platforms to stay informed, connected and uplifted. Stay tuned! 

Stay safe and connected,

Dr. Cheryl Finley
Inaugural Director, Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

Join us on April 8th for our next information session via Zoom. CLICK HERE to register.

Program Dates
June 19 - July 18, 2020

Application Opened
February 1, 2020

Application Deadline
April 15, 2020



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A Special Tribute to Dr. David C. Driskell

Dr. Driskell devoted his life to education and building community. In 2001, he founded the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he taught for more than 20 years. Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., was among the Driskell Center’s most recent invited lecturers, sharing her critically acclaimed biography of Romare Bearden, An American Odyssey, on March 3, 2020. 

Immersed in art and culture from around the globe, Dr. Driskell was admired visiting faculty at the innovative IDSVA summer campus in Tuscany. Generously sharing his work, he delivered standing room only keynote addresses at the popular Black Portraiture[s] III conference in Johannesburg in 2016, and at the blockbuster exhibition The Color Line: African American Artists and Segregation at the Musée du Quai Branly—Jacques Chirac in Paris in 2017. 

Among the highlights acknowledging Dr. Driskell's groundbreaking career, the High Museum of Art established the first national award to recognize the accomplishments of Bla
ck art historians, curators, and artists in 2005.

 We are proud to have among the recipients three AUC alumni:
  • 2013 Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and Senior Strategist, AUC Art Collective
  • 2017 Naima J. Keith, Vice President of Education and Public Programs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • 2018  Amy Sherald, Artist

We leave you with a few resources:  a video: David Driskell: My Concept of "Otherness" | a podcast: The Man, The Myth  |  a legacy: David C. Driskell Center

Images, top to bottom: Down East Magazine, portrait by David Hills; Dr. Driskell and Dr. Deb Willis at Black Portraiture [s] III, Johannesburg, 2016 by Terrence Jennings; David C. Driskell presents framed print to Naima J. Keith. 
Click the images to listen, watch, or read the news and resources.
a podcast: Hyperallergic
a read: Artnet News
a video: This exhibition, the first-ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s impressive career, tells the story of a key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. Watch a discussion between Brathwaite’s son, Kwame S. Brathwaite, and two of the contributors to Aperture’s exhibition catalog: culture critic and author, Tanisha C. Ford; and photographer, curator, and author Deborah Willis. The panel was moderated by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a spoken-word poet, dancer, and playwright.
Source: Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), a contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.
Click the cover images for more details on each book and information on pricing.

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