Robert E. Steele, PhD
Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Robert E. Steele, PhD, has been the Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2004. Under Dr. Steele’s leadership, the Center has become nationally known in the field of African American Visual Arts. Steele established a visual arts education program, including lectures and conferences, and has founded several endowed funds to support the Visual Art program of the Center. Prior to his current position, he held several positions at University of Maryland, College Park including Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Steele has written and contributed to a number of publications in the field of African American Art, including several entries in the St. James Guide to Black Artists. In addition, Dr. Steele has a number of advisory and board memberships, such as the Governing Board of the Yale University Gallery of Art, the Board of Directors of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and the Founder of the National Black Arts Festival’s Collectors Guild, the Advisory Committee of the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, the Advisory Board of Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University and the Board of Director of Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. Steele is also a member of the Collectors Club of Washington, D.C., Inc. and the New York Print Club.
Steele and wife Jean are co-owners of the Steele Collection of prints and works on paper by African American artists. An exhibition of 62 works from their collection, "Successions: Print by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection" has been traveling to several venues on the East Coast since it first opened at The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, in April 2002.