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Artist Amy Sherald and Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee.

Event Details

February 6, 2019
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.


Free for Members
$14.50 for Not-Yet-Members
Reservations Required


High Museum of Art Campus
Memorial Arts Building
Rich Theatre

Event Description

Join us for a special evening with artist Amy Sherald and art historian Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee.

Amy Sherald is the 2018 David C. Driskell Prize winner. A Georgia native now based in Baltimore, Sherald is acclaimed for her profoundly creative and distinctive portraits of African American subjects. In 2017, she received the commission to paint former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which was unveiled in February of 2018. Ms. Sherald received her MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in painting from Clark Atlanta University, and she was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama.

Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee is an art historian, curator, writer, and Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is widely recognized for her leadership, ambitious vision, and the impressive exhibition agenda she has established at Spelman. Dr. Brownlee is the recipient of the 2013 David C. Driskell Prize and has received other academic, professional, and scholarly awards. She is an alumna of Spelman College and earned her Ph.D. in art history from Duke University in 2001.

This evening is a collaboration between the High Museum of Art and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

Support for Conversations with Contemporary Artists is provided by the Jane F. and Clayton F. Jackson Conversations with Contemporary Artists Endowment.

Photo credit: Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times


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