This lecture will introduce the remarkable life of David C. Driskell and his significant impact on American art. In addition to his outstanding paintings, prints and drawings, his legacy as a scholar of American art is unparalleled. His curatorial work, writing and teaching promoted the inclusion of Black people in the story of America and art. The lecture will review a selection of Driskell's art and briefly discuss his major scholarly and curatorial achievements.
Juarez Hawkins is a second-generation Chicago artist. Her mother, Florence Hawkins, is one of the painters of Chicago's famous Wall of Respect. Juarez received her B.A. from Northwestern University, and her Master's in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College. Hawkins has exhibited extensively in Chicago, including Ann Nathan Gallery, Woman Made Gallery, and the Chicago Cultural Center. She recently hosted solo exhibitions at the University of Illinois and the 33 Collective Galleries.