Roy Curtis Craven, Jr., born in Alabama on July 29, 1924, was an artist who used the mediums of painting, sculpture, and photography. Craven was also the author of or contributor to over a dozen books on the subjects of art of India and Mayan ceremonial sites, as well as exhibit catalogs. From 1962 to 1963, he was in India as a senior research scholar under the Fulbright Program. He was an associate professor of art at the University of Florida when he was appointed as acting director of the University's new gallery in September of 1964. He served as the director of the University Gallery from its opening in 1966 until his retirement. Craven died on May 30, 1996.