Dorit Yaron recently was appointed as the Acting Director at 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, (UMCP); she served as Deputy Director of the Center from December 2004 through June 2012. Before that she was the Assistant Director of The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland. Yaron graduated with an M.A. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in 2000 after completing her master thesis "Robin Holder: What’s Black and White and Red all Over: An African-American, Russian, Jewish, Red Diaper Baby." In 1997, she earned her UMCP’s Dual Baccalaureate in Art History and Archaeology and Art Studio. She has a degree in Architecture from the University of the Negev, Israel (1977).
In 2007, Yaron oversaw the move of the Center from its offices to a 8,500 sqf new facility and manages the art collection, which grew by tenfold in less than five years, to include more than 1,500 objects. She also supervises the Center’s Archive team, which manages a collection of more than 50,000 items. Yaron has been the principle investigator for major awards, among them from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and a recent award of more than $250,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through the Council on Library and Information Resources, Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives.
Yaron curated and co-curated more than ten exhibitions including Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts, 2013; African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, 2012; An American Consciousness: Robin Holder's Mid-Career Retrospective, 2009; Highlights from the David C. Driskell Center Permanent Collection and Visual Exegesis: Religious Images by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Art Collection, both in 2008. She was also an editor of several catalogues, including Clarice Smith: ReCollection 1978-2003, 2003, Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Steele Collection, 2002 and Crosscurrents 2000: Handle with Care, Loose Threads in Fiber, 2000. She contributed essays to Highlights, 2008 and Possible Futures: Science Fiction Art from the Frank Collection: Re-Reading Science Fiction Art, 2000, among others.