Lyle Ashton Harris, an associate professor or art and art education at New York University, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He will receive the award at a dinner in Atlanta in May. The award is given to an early career scholar or artist who has made an original and important contribution to the field of African American art or art history.
Harris was born in New York but raised in Tanzania. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and holds a master of fine arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. His 2010 book, Excessive Exposure, includes about 200 paired front and back “chocolate” portraits made with a large-format Polaroid camera over a 10-year period.