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MEDIA ADVISORY: Painter Amy Sherald to Speak at Johns Hopkins

Oct. 12, 2017
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

Amy Sherald’s “Try on Dreams Until I Find the One That Fits Me. They All Fit Me.”

WHAT: Award-winning painter Amy Sherald, who was just chosen to paint Michelle Obama’s portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, will speak at Johns Hopkins University. The talk is free and open to the public.

Sherald, who lives and works in Baltimore, and was recently awarded the Geneviève McMillan/Reba Stewart Chair in Painting at MICA, is best known for her acutely observed, three-quarter length portraits of African-Americans, whose skin she depicts in gray scale monochrome against vibrant, atmospheric backgrounds. The result is a dreamily detached, yet penetrating view of individuals who have been ignored for centuries by the history of art.

Last year, Sherald became the first woman to win first place in the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. In addition to the $25,000 grand prize and the opportunity to create a portrait for the gallery’s permanent collection, her painting, Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance), is currently part of a nationwide museum tour.

The visit is co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Arts and Homewood Arts Programs.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 26

WHERE: Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

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