The High Museum of Art has named scholar Valerie Cassel Oliver as the 2011 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize.
Oliver (at left), senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, will receive the award, which recognizes early- and mid-career scholars and artists for contributions to African-American art or art history, at a dinner on April 16.
Oliver is no stranger to Atlanta. She was a curator for the 2000 Whitney Biennial, which included a record number of Atlanta artists. She co-organized the 2008 exhibition “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970” with Andrea Barnwell-Brownlee, director of Atlanta’s Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Oliver is also contributing an essay to the forthcoming publication “Atlanta Art Now,” a portrait of the city’s art scene.
Meanwhile, Jane Jerry has been appointed executive director of the Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands, North Carolina.
Jerry (at right) was president and CEO of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville from 1994 and 2004. Most recently she was project planning director for Exploration Station, Ireland’s first interactive science center.
She will also draw upon extensive experience at children’s museums, a plus for the multi-use North Carolina facility, revamped in 2009, which offers classes and workshops for all ages as well as art and craft exhibitions.