Baltimore Artist Amy Sherald Wins National Portrait Gallery Competition

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Ms. Everything, by Amy Sherald (courtesy Smithsonian)

A Baltimore artist was the winner of a national competition that focused on themes of race, sexual identity, gender.

According to the Smithsonian, Amy Sherald’s oil on canvas work titled “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)” is the winner of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016. The competition for space in the National Portrait Gallery is held every three years.

With the win, Sherald will receive a $25,000 commission to help her create a portrait of a living person. That work will be in the Gallery’s permanent collecting. Miss Everything will be part of an exhibit of the competition finalists at the portrait gallery through January, 2017.

A Georgia native who earned her MFA from MICA, is an artist-in-residence at the Creative Alliance. According to her bio, her work took on a social dimension. She has also had works acquired by the Smithsonian African American Museum and The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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