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Baltimore artist, and MICA alumna, Amy Sherald's Michelle Obama portrait to be unveiled next month

The Baltimore Sun

January 10. 2018


Baltimore artist Amy Sherald’s portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama will have its official unveiling Feb. 12 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

Sherald, 44, a graduate and faculty member of the Maryland Institute College of Art, was chosen by the Obamas to paint the official portrait. It will be unveiled alongside the official portrait of former President Barack Obama, which will be the work of artist Kehinde Wiley.

In 2016, Sherald’s portfolio won the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, earning her a $25,000 prize and a commission to paint a living subject for the National Portrait Gallery. That commission, Sherald decided, would be the Michelle Obama portrait.

Sherald’s works have been displayed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and are in the collections of The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In May, a solo show of her paintings is scheduled for St. Louis’ Contemporary Art Museum. The Baltimore Museum of Art is in line to obtain one of her paintings this year.