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Artist and curator David C. Driskell, one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American art, will give Lafayette’s annual David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 108 of the Williams Center for the Arts.

A talk and a subsequent reception are free and open to the public.

Driskell will interact with Lafayette students and faculty during his three-day Temple Performing and Visual Arts Residency, which runs through Friday. Arranged by Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, his visit is sponsored by the David L., Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture Series Fund, established by Riley K. Temple ’71.

Driskell received his bachelor’s degree at Howard University and master’s of fine arts from Catholic University of America, both in Washington, D.C. He began his teaching career in 1955 and has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland since1977, serving as chairman of the art department from 1978-1983.

Since 1983, Driskell has maintained an active career as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. He serves on the boards of Skowhegan School of Painting and the Commissioners of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.

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