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Amy Sherald, C'97
Amy Sherald typically paints portraits of ordinary African Americans she encounters in everyday situations such as on the street or in the grocery store or at the airport. She has described her artmaking as an act to “image the versions of ourselves that thrive when extricated from the dominant historical narrative.” Keenly aware that Black subjects largely have been omitted from the history of art, Sherald recently explained, “My paintings hold up a mirror to the present and reflect real experiences of blackness today and historically, in everyday life and within the historical art canon.”
In 2018, Sherald’s official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.