Come and Joy in Art (History)!
STMA is hosting an interactive virtual panel discussion in connection with the current special exhibition “Celebrating Creative Genius: The Art, Life, and Legacy of Eatonton, GA Native David Driskell,” currently on view in the Museum’s West Gallery.
A scholar, artist, and curator, Driskell is revered for his role in developing African-American Art as a distinct field of study. Our panelists will engage in rich conversation about their personal and professional relationship to David Driskell’s art, and his legacy of uplifting artists who have historically been subject to both active and passive discrimination in the fine art world. We will also be sharing stories from students who participated in the Museum’s student art project for this exhibition.
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Meet the panelists:
Curlee Holton | Printmaker, Scholar, Director of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park
[Bio originally published in Raven Fine Art Editions] Holton earned his MFA from Kent State University with a concentration in printmaking and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. He served as the David M. and Linda Roth Professor of Art at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. where he taught printmaking and African American art history. Holton founded the Experimental Printmaking Institute with a vision to provide artists with the time, space, materials, and professional support to create new work. This vision was realized with more than 200 works produced. In 2014 he was appointed executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at University of Maryland, College Park.
September Gray Fine Art Gallery (SGAG) is the nation’s premier gallery specializing in contemporary works by established, mid-career and emerging African American and African diasporic artists. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, SGAG presents historically and culturally significant works as a means for championing the preservation of the African diasporic cultural legacy and narrative.
September Gray’s life’s work is a reflection of her enduring passion for the arts. Following a noteworthy career in the performing arts, Gray launched a successful fine art consultancy practice wherein she was celebrated for her ability to assist corporate and private collectors with articulating and executing single acquisition and long–term collecting strategies.
Gray holds a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. A committed art education advocate, Gray serves on a number of non-profit boards and is co-founder of The Gray Foundation, an organization committed to building a world of enriched life options for youth through the promotion of art and education. Gray shares art news and collection strategies in her electronic quarterly journal, The Gray Book.
Don M. Roman, Sr is the Board President of the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. He comes to the art world after forty years as a lawyer and financial adviser where he specialized in estate planning for business owners and visual artists. Among his other community engagements, he is Chairman of the Board of Students Without Mothers, Inc., a college scholarship program for high students who have lost their mother. Don is a graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School.
Nancy Mitchell Mason | Art Educator, Putnam County High School
Mason is an art educator at Putnam County High School and one of the supervisors of the student project for this special exhibition. Her high school students created original works of art based on David Driskell’s art and legacy.
Jeffrey Waller is an artist born in Eatonton, GA, just like David Driskell. Waller discovered an affinity for wood furniture making after working with both wood and glass in various jobs after high school. His creative nature led him to cover his wood furniture in glass. By 1989, Jeffrey decided to pursue his passion. Having no formal training, he sharpened his drawing skills by working with advanced artists. He utilizes a highly unique style of woodworking known as intarsia. His use of vibrant acrylic colors, high and low relief, and incorporation of movement in each piece makes his intarsia different from the others.