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  • 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.



    2016 Prize Recipient: Mark Bradford

    Mark Bradford, known for his monumental, abstract collage works, has been named the 2016 David C. Driskell Prize recipient.
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    2015 Prize Recipient: Kirsten Pai Buick

    Kirsten Pai Buick, an associate professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, has been named the 2015 David C. Driskell Prize recipient.
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    2014 Prize Recipient: Lyle Ashton Harris

    Lyle Ashton Harris, who has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media and collage to installation and performance, has been named the 2014 David C. Driskell Prize recipient.
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    2013 Prize Recipient: Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD

    Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD, widely recognized for her leadership, ambitious vision, and the significant exhibition agenda she established at Spelman College, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 David C. Driskell Prize.
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    2012 Prize Recipient: Rashid Johnson

    Rashid Johnson, an artist based in New York, has been named as the recipient of the 2012 David C. Driskell Prize. 
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    2011 Prize Recipient: Valerie Cassel Oliver

    Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, has been named as the recipient of the 2011 David C. Driskell Prize.
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    2010 Prize Recipient: Renee Stout

    Renee Stout, a Washington, D.C.-based artist who works in a variety of media from sculpture to printmaking, has been named as the recipient of the 2010 David C. Driskell Prize. 
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    2009 Prize Recipient: Krista A. Thompson

    The High Museum of Art has named scholar Krista A. Thompson, Assistant Professor of African Diaspora and African Art at Northwestern University and independent curator, as the 2009 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. 
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    2008 Prize Recipient: Xaviera Simmons

    Brooklyn-based artist Xaviera Simmons combines 21st-century media and traditional art forms, encompassing photography, performance, video and installation.
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    2007 Prize Recipient: Franklin Sirmans

    Franklin Sirmans is the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. 
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    2006 Prize Recipient: Willie Cole

    Artist Willie Cole uses discarded everyday objects–such as irons, blow dryers and high-heeled shoes–to create iconic sculptures, installations and prints that present social, political or cultural perspectives of the urban African-American experience. 
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    2005 Prize Recipient: Dr. Kellie Jones

    Dr. Kellie Jones is the inaugural recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Departments of History of Art and African-American Studies at Yale University. 
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    Mark Bradford

    Mark Bradford
    2016 Driskell Prize Recipient