The High Museum of Art has announced Renée Stout as the 2010 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. Based in Washington, D.C., Stout creates assemblages from a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking. With a focus on self-exploration, empowerment, and healing, her work examines the impact of the African Diaspora and the traditions of her African heritage. Stout uses a variety of visual languages, including African aesthetics and secondhand materials, to piece together narratives that link history to contemporary society.
Named after the renowned African American artist and art scholar, the Driskell Prize is an annual award that recognizes a scholar or artist in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African American art or art history. As the sixth Driskell award recipient, Stout will be honored at the Driskell Prize Dinner in Atlanta on Monday, April 19, 2010.