Driskell Fellows

IDSVA Driskell Fellow Recipients

IDSVA awards one David Driskell Fellowship with each incoming cohort. Driskell Fellows are students of color who show promise in carrying forward David Driskell's mission to encourage worldwide community and equality through art. For more information, visit our scholarship page.

David Driskell (1931-2020) was a founding member of the IDSVA Visiting Faculty. His inaugural IDSVA lecture was delivered at Spannocchia Castle, Tuscany, in June 2009. His final IDSVA lecture was delivered at Spannocchia Castle in June 2019. The David C. Driskell Fellowship was established in 2010. Dr. Driskell’s message of peace and understanding has inspired countless individuals around the world. In January 2013, David was awarded an IDSVA Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his life service as an artist-philosopher and a world-leading spiritual philanthropist.

Terrence Phearse

2021

Terrence Phearse is a lens based artist and independent curator. He is an Assistant Museum Manager at Fotografiska New York and Editorial Director at Musée Photo Magazine. He earned an M.A. in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London with Distinction. Terrence’s M.A. thesis, On The Color Line: Early African American Photographic Portraiture (1839—1900) examined W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1900 Paris Exposition and Fredrick Douglass’s photographs using critical auto ethnography. He has a second M.A. from the University of Westminster in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism with Distinction, where his final major project Sunday at 11, surveyed the history of Harlem Churches and gentrification. He has a Bachelor of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Terrence is also the former Associate Fashion and Menswear Editor at Glamour magazine and Accessories Editorial Associate American Vogue. He has written for The Huffington Post Black Voices, Essence and many other editorial publications. His photographic practice is focused on themes surrounding the black male body. Terrence has collaborated on international curatorial projects with contemporary artists and archives in London and Japan.

Terrence Phearse

2021

Terrence Phearse is a lens based artist and independent curator. He is an Assistant Museum Manager at Fotografiska New York and Editorial Director at Musée Photo Magazine. He earned an M.A. in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London with Distinction. Terrence’s M.A. thesis, On The Color Line: Early African American Photographic Portraiture (1839—1900) examined W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1900 Paris Exposition and Fredrick Douglass’s photographs using critical auto ethnography. He has a second M.A. from the University of Westminster in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism with Distinction, where his final major project Sunday at 11, surveyed the history of Harlem Churches and gentrification. He has a Bachelor of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Terrence is also the former Associate Fashion and Menswear Editor at Glamour magazine and Accessories Editorial Associate American Vogue. He has written for The Huffington Post Black Voices, Essence and many other editorial publications. His photographic practice is focused on themes surrounding the black male body. Terrence has collaborated on international curatorial projects with contemporary artists and archives in London and Japan.

Marvin Milián

2020

Milián is an educator who seeks to innovate the classroom with the ambition to change the way art history is taught. He earned an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. of Art History from the University of California Riverside. He is also an author and contributor to Art Radio Trending, a public art blog that examines the role of art in contemporary culture.

Marvin Milián

2020

Milián is an educator who seeks to innovate the classroom with the ambition to change the way art history is taught. He earned an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. of Art History from the University of California Riverside. He is also an author and contributor to Art Radio Trending, a public art blog that examines the role of art in contemporary culture.

Ras Selassie Alleyne

2019

Alleyne is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who merges his love of drums and healing through music, fine arts, technology, and digital media. He uses ancient infusions of art & craft, Caribbean music, Hip-hop, dub poetry, DJ practice, soundscapes, and virtual environments to create authentic representations of Rastafari culture & beyond.

Ras Selassie Alleyne

2019

Alleyne is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who merges his love of drums and healing through music, fine arts, technology, and digital media. He uses ancient infusions of art & craft, Caribbean music, Hip-hop, dub poetry, DJ practice, soundscapes, and virtual environments to create authentic representations of Rastafari culture & beyond.

Kimberly J. Wade

2019

Wade is a photographer and former US Army Broadcast Journalist. She received her BA from CUNY Brooklyn College, her MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard College at the International Center of Photography, and has studied at the Corcoran College of Art & Design.

Kimberly J. Wade

2019

Wade is a photographer and former US Army Broadcast Journalist. She received her BA from CUNY Brooklyn College, her MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard College at the International Center of Photography, and has studied at the Corcoran College of Art & Design.

Julius Brewster-Cotton

2018

Brewster-Cotton is a graduate of Fiorello H.LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, and has degrees in English Literature and Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. Julius holds an M.F.A in Dance Studies from Hollins University and is currently a full time professor of classical ballet, contemporary dance, dance composition, pedagogy, and performance studies at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

Julius Brewster-Cotton

2018

Brewster-Cotton is a graduate of Fiorello H.LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, and has degrees in English Literature and Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. Julius holds an M.F.A in Dance Studies from Hollins University and is currently a full time professor of classical ballet, contemporary dance, dance composition, pedagogy, and performance studies at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

Eric Bess

2016

Bess has spent his life studying the traditional methodologies of making art in the hopes of using his art to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Dafa of China.

Eric Bess

2016

Bess has spent his life studying the traditional methodologies of making art in the hopes of using his art to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Dafa of China.

Natalya Mills

2016

Mills is a Caribbean culture & costume historian, independent curator, Iyanifa & Egungun Priestess whose scholarly writings & research integrates aspects of the Caribbean History, Carnival arts, art philosophy & African/Afro-Caribbean Yoruba philosophy.

Natalya Mills

2016

Mills is a Caribbean culture & costume historian, independent curator, Iyanifa & Egungun Priestess whose scholarly writings & research integrates aspects of the Caribbean History, Carnival arts, art philosophy & African/Afro-Caribbean Yoruba philosophy.

Zoma Wallace

2015

Wallace is an independent curator and art writer. Wallace was selected as one of five presenters to participate in the 2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium honoring Theaster Gates at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX.

Zoma Wallace

2015

Wallace is an independent curator and art writer. Wallace was selected as one of five presenters to participate in the 2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium honoring Theaster Gates at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX.

yonTande Whitney V. Hunter

2013

Tande is an artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University.

yonTande Whitney V. Hunter

2013

Tande is an artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University.

Kalia Brooks Nelson

2008

Brooks Nelson is a New York based curator, consultant, educator, and arts administrator. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University. She is co-editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History published in 2019 by Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Brooks Nelson is also currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.

Kalia Brooks Nelson

2008

Brooks Nelson is a New York based curator, consultant, educator, and arts administrator. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University. She is co-editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History published in 2019 by Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Brooks Nelson is also currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.