The High Museum of Art in Midtown recently hosted its 15th annual Driskell Prize Dinner, where Huey Copeland, Ph.D., was named this year’s honoree, earning a $25,000 cash award. Through his work as an award-winning writer and a professor of art history at Northwestern University, Copeland has advanced scholarship of modern and contemporary art of the African diaspora and intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in Western visual culture. The Driskell Prize, named for the renowned African-American artist and art scholar, was founded by the High in 2005 as the first national award to celebrate an early- or mid-career scholar or artist whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African-American art or art history. Proceeds from the dinner support the David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisition Restricted and Endowment funds.

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