Spelman President Presenting “An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden”

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., President of Spelman College and author of “An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden,” will deliver a lecture on the noted artist Romare Bearden, on Tuesday, March 3. The event will be at the David C. Driskell Center for the study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Headshot of Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

Dr. Campbell received the 2018 Hooks National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis for her full and vibrant account of the life of Bearden, one of the most celebrated and influential African American artists.

an american odyssey cover“An American Odyssey” (2018) explores his years in Harlem (his studio was above the Apollo theater), NYC, to his travels and commissions, along with illuminating analysis of his work and artistic career.

The author, Dr. Campbell is the 10th president of UNCF-member institution Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and Dean Emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and served as the vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under former President Barack Obama.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with the Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist & Visionary exhibition. After the lecture, Dr. Campbell will be signing copies of her book.

RSVP by Monday, February 24 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615, or visit www.DriskellCenter.UMD.edu.