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High names Kirsten Pai Buick winner of David C. Driskell Prize


Kirsten Pai Buick has been named the 2015 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art.

She will be honored at the Driskell Prize Dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in Atlanta.

Buick is an associate professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, where she specializes in American art,  with a research focus on African-American art, the impact of race and gender on the history of art, representations of the American landscape and the history of women as patrons and collectors of the arts.

Her debut book “Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject” was published by Duke University Press. Her second book, “In Authenticity: Kara Walker and the Eidetics of Racism,” is in progress.

“Kirsten Pai Buick is a seasoned scholar with an impassioned voice as an art historian,” said High director Michael E. Shapiro. “She is distinguished by her groundbreaking research on a broad range of historical and contemporary subjects as well as her commitment as a professor. These accomplishments make her a deserving recipient of this year’s Driskell Prize.”

Founded in 2005, the prize  is named for  the renowned African-American artist and art scholar. It is the first national award to recognize 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.


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