Amy Sherald (American b. Columbus, GA 1973, lives Baltimore) received her MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2004), BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997), and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama (1997).


Sherald is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant (2014), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2013), and was the Juror’s Pick for New American Paintings Issue 88 (2010). In 2016, Sherald woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize, for which her work will be added to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Collection. An accompanying exhibition, The Outwin 2016, will travel to venues through 2018, including the Tacoma Art Museum (currently on view) and The Kemper Museum (opening October 2017). Along with her first solo exhibition in Chicago at moniquemeloche (2016), Sherald has had solo shows at venues including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD (2013), Richard Demato Fine Arts, Sag Harbor, NY (2011), and the University of North Carolina, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Chapel Hill, NC (2011). Sherald’s work has also ben included in notable group exhibitions at moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL (2015), US Embassy Dakar, Senegal(2013), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2013), and is part of Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, which originated at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (2016), and which will open at the Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY (2017) and The Studio Museum in Harlem (2017). Sherald’s work has been published in Transitions: International Review, The International Review of African American Art, New American Paintings, Studio: Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, and The New York Times. Among her many artist residencies, highlights include Tong Xion Art Center, Beijing, China (2008) and Odd Nerdrum Private Study, Larvik, Norway (2005), and most recently, Creative Art Alliance, Balitmore (2016). Sherald’s work is in notable public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art and Culture, Washington, D.C.; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.