Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
David C. Driskell Center
1214 Cole Student Activities Bldg
College Park,

Have you ever wondered where to begin with amassing your own private collection of African-American art?

Whether you are an art expert with a collection that rivals the Louvre, a novice with a curated showcase of Ikea’s finest, or an enthusiast with a collection somewhere in between, this event will help you elevate your knowledge of African-American art collecting.

Join the University of Maryland Alumni Association at the David Driskell Center for an evening of spirited networking, appetizing refreshments, and an informative panel discussion led by David C. Driskell. Featuring an oratorical display by Maya "Sifu" Sun.

6-7pm Networking Reception
7-9pm Panel



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For questions:
Shakira Smiler:

Who is this event for?
All UMD alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome to attend.

I’m a Terp interested in showcasing my artwork, can I do that at this event?
We are unable to showcase external artwork at this event, but there may be opportunities in the future. Please contact Shakira Smiler.


David C. Driskell

One of the world's leading authorities on the subject of African American Art, Prof. David C. Driskell is highly regarded as an artist and a scholar. He has made invaluable contributions to scholarship in the history of art and the role of the African American artist in American society. In 2018, Prof. Driskell was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science.

David C. Driskell was born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia and grew up in North Carolina. David C. Driskell completed the art program in 1953 at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He received an undergraduate degree in art from Howard University in 1955 and an M.F.A. from Catholic University of America in 1962. He then pursued post-graduate study in art history at The Netherlands Institute for the History of Art in The Hague. Trained as a painter and art historian, Driskell works primarily in collage and mixed media. Since the late 1980s he has often worked in collage and since his retirement in 1998, he has been experimenting with printmaking.

Prof. Driskell began his teaching career at Talladega College in 1955. He taught at Howard and Fisk Universities and served as Visiting Professor of Art at Bowdoin College, The University of Michigan, Queens College, and Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He joined the faculty of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1977, and served as its Chairperson from 1978-1983. In 1995, he was named Distinguished University Professor of Art and taught until his retirement in 1998. In 1998, The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland organized an exhibition from Prof. Driskell’s collection; Narratives of African American Art and Identity, The David C. Driskell Collection. In 2001, the University of Maryland established the David C. Driskell Center to celebrate Prof. Driskell as an Artist, Art Historian, Collector, Curator, and Scholar by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture.

The recipient of numerous fellowships, awards, and prizes, including, three Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships and a Harmon Foundation Fellowship, Prof. Driskell has also received nine honorary doctoral degrees in art. While teaching at the University of Maryland, Prof. Driskell maintained an active career as a practicing artist, teacher, curator, collector, art administrator, and art consultant. He has lectured across the globe, and his works are included in major collections of art museums throughout the world.

David Driskell and his wife, Thelma, maintain residences in Hyattsville, Maryland; Falmouth, Maine; and New York City.

Panelist Bios:

Myrtis Bedolla

Myrtis Bedolla, Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis a contemporary fine art gallery and advisory located in Baltimore, Maryland. Bedolla possesses over 30 years of experience as an advisor to private collectors, and public and private institutions in the acquisition and deaccession of fine art; and provides professional curatorial services, lectures and educational programming to corporate, civic and arts organizations.

Bedolla is the recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, African Language Institute, Shona Language and Culture, from Michigan State University; holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, University College, and received her curatorial training at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned an on-line certificate in Cultural Theory for Curators from the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Voted, Best Gallery by the Baltimore Sun in 2017, Bedolla has also been featured in the Baltimore Magazine, September 2018, Black Art in the Spotlight; BMORE Art magazine, Issue 3, Living with Art: Myrtis Bedolla Builds a Home and Gallery in Old Goucher; and in the Baltimore Style Magazine, October 2013 issue Women in the Arts which honored women at the helm of the Baltimore art scene.

James Larry Frazier

James Larry Frazier is a Washington, DC attorney specializing in trusts and estates and art collection planning. He is a graduate of Columbia College, New York, NY and Georgetown University Law Center, and a member of the District of Columbia and North Carolina Bars. His legal career began as an attorney for the federal government, later working in private practice before starting his own firm in Washington, DC. He has been key presenter at the District of Columbia Bar Estates, Trusts and Probate Luncheon Series and its Planning Ahead program, and has been featured in Black Enterprise magazine on succession planning.

Frazier has taught estates, trusts and probate administration courses at the USDA Graduate School and presented Estate Planning for Art Collectors at the David C. Driskell Center and Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore. Frazier is a trustee of the DC Estate Planning Council, a member of the planning committee of the James A. Porter Colloquium at Howard University, chairman Emeritus of the advisory board of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and serves on the board of the GateWay Second Chance Foundation.

Maya "Sifu" Sun

Maya "Sifu" Sun's first love is painting, quickly followed by time-based performance movement. In each of her mediums, Sun fall into the deeps of her own soul, only to come out cleansed, aware, and amazed at what her person and her body can withstand.

Sun currently engages in the art of consultation, curation, and practicing interpretive creation. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland in 2015 and has directed galleries in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Los Angeles, CA.

Thoroughly inspired by the works of Sigmund Freud, Salvador Dali, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Sun Ra, John Cage, and many others, Sun breathes life into her work through pure life experiences. In her performances, it’s the moments that make you feel as if you’re watching yourself; embracing the change, running into pain to make it pleasant, opening the flower to witness the bloom: "I am you, and we together are art."

Patricia Walters

Patricia Walters was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated cum laude from Philander Smith College with a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences. Walters has had a love for the fine and performing arts since her early childhood, having served as a drum majorette for the marching band throughout high school and college. During her collegiate tenure, she was recognized with several distinguished honors and awards, including the National Methodist Scholarship Award, Who’s Who in American Colleges/Universities, and membership in the National Honor Society of Alpha Kappa Mu.

Walters worked in the field of social work for over 40 years. In 2005, she retired from the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission in Maryland after having worked there for 30 years.

In 1963, Walters married the love of her life, Ron Walters. Together, they amassed what many have called a “world class art collection.” With a passion in African-American art, Walters’ specialty has been in art from the 19th century through the Harlem Renaissance.

Walters is the Chair of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center Advisory Board and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She developed the Ronald Walters Scholarship Fund at Howard University, an annual award of $5,000 that supports students majoring in Political Science.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and sports.