High Museum of Art: David C. Driskell Prize Winner Announced, Naomi Beckwith

By   |   March 13, 2024   |   Lifestyle

We were there! We helped celebrate Naomi Beckwith, the 2024 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize, and preview the illustrious museum’s upcoming exhibitions at Locanda Verde in Tribeca.

First celebrated in 2005, the Driskell Prize recognizes a scholar or artist’s “field-defining contributions to African American art in the United States.” The High presents an annual, prestigious award of $50,000 in unrestricted funds to honor the late artist and scholar David C. Driskell. Past recipients include leading voices such as Mark Bradford, Amy Sherald, Ebony Patterson, Rashid Johnson and Lyle Ashton Harris.

We had a lovely time seated next to the previous Driskell Award winner, Willie Cole! Cole’s work, Chandeliers,  was presented through 2023 on the median of Park Avenue between 69th and 70th Streets.

This year’s winner, Naomi Beckwith, is the deputy director and chief curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum. According to a press release, Beckwith has had an extensive career as a curator for over 15 years, during which she has organized dozens of acclaimed exhibitions and published landmark scholarship that explores the influence of Black identity and culture on the work of global contemporary artists.

Congratulations Naomi! Make sure to visit and support the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

photo credit: Amanne Media, Willie Cole, David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, NY.

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