Driskell Center Receives $790K Mellon Grant to Fund Commemorative Sculpture and Garden, Archives

By Editorial Team on July 26, 2021

The Driskell Center announces the receipt of a $790,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will fund the creation of a new sculpture at the David C. Driskell Center and the identification, cataloging, preservation, and digitization of prominent archives in the field of African American art.

David C. Driskell and students teaching ‘Methods and Materials’ at the University of Maryland, College Park (May 1995). Photograph is part of donation of David C. Driskell Papers.

The sculpture commemorating the late David C. Driskell, who passed away in April 2020, will be created by well-known African American artist Melvin “Mel” Edwards, a longtime friend. The stainless steel abstract artwork—tentatively measuring 12 feet long, 12 feet wide and 20 feet high—will be erected outside Cole Field House, home of the Driskell Center, by the end of the three-year grant.

The Dr. Tritobia Hayes-Benjamin Archive, a gift to the Driskell Center from the late art historian’s estate, will be the first collection made accessible by the grant; more will follow. A longtime faculty member at Howard University, Dr. Hayes-Benjamin was Driskell’s first doctoral student in art history at the University of Maryland.

Read more about the projects funded by the Mellon Grant here.

(Source: David C. Driskell Center press release)