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Amy Sherald

Photo: JJ Geiger

Photo: JJ Geiger

Born in 1973 in Columbus, GA, and now based in the Greater New York area, Amy Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience in the United States through arresting, otherworldly portraits. Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, inviting viewers to engage in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and to situate black heritage centrally in the story of American art.

Among her influences, Sherald has cited photographs that W.E.B. Du Bois compiled to be displayed at the Paris Exposition in 1900, depicting African-American men, women, and children in ways that countered discriminatory representations of the day. In particular, Sherald is drawn to the way in which African-American family photographs served as intimate, personal portraits, during a time when only white individuals or groups were being iconized in paintings.

While her subjects are always African-American, Sherald renders their skin-tone exclusively in grisaille – an absence of color that directly challenges perceptions of black identity.’ Sherald offsets this against a vibrant palette: eye-popping clothes and ephemera float in tension against abstracted backgrounds. The depth created by the pastel backgrounds are not confined to any specific time or space, but seem to exist beyond the facts of recorded history and national borders.

She defines the subjects of her portraits simply as ephemera float in tension against abstracted background to American identity. The individuals in her paintings are deliberately posed, dramatically staged, and assertive in gaze. Their expressiveness, and the variations in their gestures, clothing, and emotional auras reinforce the complex multiplicities of African-American existence. But the persistent sense of privacy and mystery maintained in Sherald’s work requires viewers to ponder the thoughts and dreams of the black men and women she has depicted.

Sherald was the first woman and first African-American ever to receive first prize in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.; in February 2018, the museum unveiled her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Sherald has also received the 2018 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA. Alongside her painterly practice, Sherald has worked for almost two decades along-side socially committed creative initiatives, including teaching art in prisons and art projects with teenagers.


Born Columbus GA 1973


2004 MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
1997 BFA, Clark-Atlanta University, Atlanta GA

Resides Lives and works in in the Greater New York area

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Hauser & Wirth, ‘Amy Sherald. The Great American Fact’, Los Angeles CA

2019 Hauser & Wirth, ‘Amy Sherald the heart of the matter…’, New York NY

2018 Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, ‘Amy Sherald’, Atlanta GA (travelling exhibition)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, ‘Amy Sherald’, Bentonville AR (travelling exhibition)
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, ‘Amy Sherald’, St. Louis MO (travelling exhibition)

2017 moniquemeloche LES, ‘Amy Sherald’, New York NY

2016 Monique Meloche Gallery, ‘A Wonderful Dream’, Chicago IL

2015 Second Street Gallery, ‘Off the Chain: American Art Unfettered’, Charlottesville VA

2013 Reginald F. Lewis Museum, ‘Amy Sherald: Paintings’, Baltimore MD

2011 Richard Demato Fine Arts, ‘Amy Sherald’, Sag Harbor NY
The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, ‘The Magical Real-ism of Amy Sherald’, Chapel Hill NC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 'Women Painting Women', cur. Andrea Karnes, Fort Worth TX
The Museum of Fine Arts, ‘The Obama Portraits Tour’, Houston TX (travelling exhibition)
The High Museum of Art, ‘The Obama Portraits Tour’, Atlanta GA (travelling exhibition)

2021 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 'Black American Portraits', Los Angeles CA
Crystal Bridges Museum, 'In American Waters', cur. Austen Bailly, Daniel Finamore, Bentonville AR
National Museum of African American History and Culture, 'Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.', Washington D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘The Obama Portraits Tour’, Los Angeles CA (travelling exhibition)
The Brooklyn Museum, ‘The Obama Portraits Tour’, Brooklyn NY (travelling exhibition)
The Art Institute of Chicago, 'The Obama Portraits Tour', Chicago IL (travelling exhibition)
Peabody Essex Museum, 'In American Waters', cur. Austen Bailly, Daniel Finamore, Salem MA
Speed Art Museum, 'Promise, Witness, Remembrance', Louisville KY
MW Gallery, 'Recent Acquisitions and Rarely Seen Gems (from the Mott-Warsh Collection)', Flint MI

2020 National Portrait Gallery, 'Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States', Washington DC
Hauser & Wirth, 'Artists for New York' New York NY

2018 Seattle Art Museum, ‘In This Imperfect Present Moment’, Seattle, Washington
The Taubman Museum, ‘Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection’, Roanoke VA
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, ‘The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today’, Chapel Hill NC (Travelling Exhibition)
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, ’The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today’, Kansas City MO (Travelling Exhibition)
Baltimore Museum of Art, ‘Baker Artist Awards’, Baltimore MD

2017 Rental Gallery, ‘Color People’, cur. Rashid Joohnson, East Hampton NY
California African American Museum, ‘Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture’, Los Angeles LA
The David C. Driskell Center - University of Maryland, ‘Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze’, College Park MD
Studio Museum, ‘Fictions, organized by Connie H. Choi and Hallie Ringle’, Harlem NY
Speed Art Museum, ‘Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art’, Louisville KY (Travelling Exhibition)
Art Museum of South Texas, ‘The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today’, Corpus Christi TX (Travelling Exhibition)

2016 Creative Alliance, 'About Face', Baltimore MD
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 'Visual Art and the American Experience', Washington D.C.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 'Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art', Durham NC
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 'Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life', Atlanta GA
Art Museum of South Texas, 'The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today', Corpus Christi TX (Travelling Exhibition)
Tacoma Art Museum, 'The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today', Tacoma WA (Travelling Exhibition)
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 'The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today', Washington D.C.

2015 moniquemeloche, 'Look At Me Now!' curated by Allison Glenn, Chicago IL

2013 Embassy of the United States, Dakar, Senegal
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C

2012 Galerie Myrtis, 'Revealing the Presence of Africans in the European Renaissance', Baltimore MD
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 'The Mosaic Project', Lancaster PA

2010 Gallery 101, Miami FL
Richard Demato Fine Art, Sag Harbor NY

2008 Randall Scott Gallery, 'Quasi-Painting', Washington D.C.
Ramscale Penthouse, 'Urban Renaissance', New York NY

2005 Sub-basement Gallery, 'Femme Effect', Baltimore MD

2004 Maryland Institute College of Art, 'MFA Thesis Exhibition', Baltimore MD

2003 The Labyrinth, 'Earth Works' installation, Portobelo, Panama
Baltimore City Hall, 'Artscape', Baltimore MD

2002 Maryland Institute College of Art, 'MFA First Year Candidate Group Show', Baltimore MD
City Hall of Atlanta Gallery, 'Lipstick', Atlanta GA

1999 Museum of Panama, collaboration with Dr. Arturo Lindsay, Panama City, Panama

1997 Museum of Panama Education Gallery, Panama City, Panama

Artist Residencies

2017 Joan Mitchell Residency, New Orleans LO

2014 – 16 Creative Alliance Baltimore, Baltimore MD

2012 Open Atelier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Art Rules Aruba Teaching Residency

2011 Art Rules Aruba Teaching Residency, Aruba

2008 Tong Xion Art Center, Studio Assistant Resident, Beijing, China

2005 Odd Nerdrum Private Study

2003 Taller Portobello Artist Colony, Portobelo, Panama

1997 Spelman College Art Colony Portobelo, Panama

1996 Maine College of Art Portland, Portland ME

Awards and Grants

2019 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, Washington DC

2018 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, Baker Artist Awards, Baltimore MD
The David C. Driskell Prize, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA

2017 Anonymous Was A Woman Award, New York NY

2016 Bethesda Painting Award
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Grand Prize, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

2015 Semi-Finalist for Sondheim Artscape Prize

2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant

2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Public and Private Collections

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH
The Columbus Museum, Columbus GA
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville AR
Embassy of the United States, Dakar, Senegal
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City MO
Marieluise Hessel Foundation, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham NC
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
Speed Art Museum, Louisville KY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
Long Museum, Shanghai, China


Selected Monographs

2019 Christovale, Erin, Melandri, Lisa, Silva, Eddie (eds.), 'Amy Sherald', St. Louis: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2019 (exh. cat.)

2016 Bey, Dawoud, 'A Wonderful Dream. Amy Sherald', New York: Monique Meloche Gallery, 2016 (exh. cat.)

2011 Lindsay, Arturo, Sherald, Amy, 'The Magical Real-ism of Amy Sherald', Chapel Hill: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, 2011 (exh. cat.)

Selected Publications

2022 Andrews, Liz, Kim, Christine Y., 'Black American Portraits', Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2022 (forthcoming)

2021 Finamore, Daniel, Bailly, Austen Barron (eds.), 'In American Waters. The Sea in American Paintings', Salem: Peabody Essex Museum, Arkansas: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art/University of Arkansas Press, 2021, p. 211, ill. (exh. cat.)

2020 Sajet, Kim, DuBois Shaw, Gwendolyn, 'First Ladies of the United States', Washington: National Portrait Gallery, 2020 (exh. cat.)
Gerhard, Jane, Tucker, Dan, 'Citizen Woman. An Illustrated History of the Women's Movement', Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2020

2019 Morrill, Rebecca (ed.), 'Great Women Artists', London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2019
Deitch, Jeffrey, Gingeras, Alison, Dean, Aria (et al.), 'Unrealism. New Figurative Painting', New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2019 (exh. cat.)

2016 Sajet, Kim, DuBois Shaw, Gwendolyn, Moss, Dorothy, 'The Outwin 2016 American Portraiture Today. Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition', Washington: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 2016 (exh. cat.)

Selected Press

2021 Wells, Juliette, ''Pride and Prejudice, Here and Now': Reflecting on a First-Year College Seminar', in: Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2021, ill.
Lewis, Sarah Elizabeth, ''The Arena of Suspension: Carrie Mae Weems, Bryan Stevenson, and the 'Ground' in the Stand Your Ground Law Era.'' In: Law & Literature, July 2021, pp. 1-32
Borrelli, Christopher, 'Obama portrait painters Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley talk about their paintings — and how they’ve been misunderstood' [interview], on:, 11 June 2021, ill.
Whyte, Murray, 'At Peabody Essex, the sun sets on old ideas about maritime painting', on:, 10 June 2021, ill.
Cowan, Katy, 'Amy Sherald's latest paintings of Black Americans at play challenge the American narrative', on:, 4 June 2021, ill.
Harlan, Brianna, 'Confronting Erasure: “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” at the Speed Art Museum', on:, 1 June 2021, ill.
___, 'Sommerlicht. Lassen wir die Sonne in unsere Herzen – und Stuben', in: Annabelle, no. 7, 2021, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Commencement 2021: Fulton Leroy Washington is Addressing UCLA Art Students, Howardena Pindell, Lonnie Bunch, Amy Sherald, Sonya Clark, and Theaster Gates are Also Speaking at Graduations', on:, 21 May 2021, ill.
Tillet, Salamishah, 'It’s My Job to Watch. With GeorgeFloyd’s Death, I Had to Look Away', on:, 20 May 2021, ill.
Art In America Editors, 'The Epic Banal' [conversation between Amy Sherald and Tyler Mitchell], on:, 7 May 2021, ill.
Collins, Bianca, 'Amy Sherald. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles', on:, 4 May 2021, ill.
CNN, 'Amanpour: Thabo Makgoba, Seth Berkley, Rebecca Traister, Jeh Johnson and Amy Sherald' [interview on Amanpour podcast], 28 April 2021
Turner, Nancy Kay, 'Amy Sherald at Hauser and Wirth', on:, 16 April 2021, ill.
Ebert, Grace, 'Artist Amy Sherald Depicts a Vast Array of Black Leisure through Monumental and Nuanced Portraits', on:, 20 April 2021, ill.
Lee, Edward, Zambreno, Kate, Oyelowo, David (et al.), 'Artist Amy Sherald, Chef Edward Lee and More on Community', in: WSJ Magazine, New York, 21 April 2021, ill.
Teicholz, Tom, 'Artist Amy Sherald Delivers "The Great American Fact"', on:, 15 April 2021, ill.
Kenney, Nancy, Kishkovsky, Sophia, 'Acquisitions round-up: two US museums co-purchase portrait of Breonna Taylor—and artist Amy Sherald gives proceeds of sale to charity', on:, 14 April 2021, ill.
Liao, Marina, '10 Women Artists Whose Activism Shines Through In Their Creative Work', on:, 12 April 2021, ill.
Dambrot, Shana Nys, 'Amy Sherald Paints Everyday People', in: LA Weekly, Los Angeles, 8 April 2021, pp. 10-13, ill.
Villa, Angelica, 'Amy Sherald Painting on Long-Term Loan at D.C. Museum to Be Sold at Phillips', on:, 7 April 2021, ill.
Sweetwood, Cole, 'Pick of the Week: Amy Sherald', on:, 7 April 2021, ill.
Zirnheld, Bernard, 'Amy Sherald’s Everyday Vision of "The Great American Fact"', on:, 30 March 2021, ill.
___, 'Black Repower', in: Marie Claire Maison Italia, Milan, April 2021, p. 28, ill.
Sayej, Nadja, '"It keeps her alive": remembering Breonna Taylor through art', on:, 1 April 2021, ill.
___, 'Amy Sherald: The Great American Fact', on:, 2 April 2021, ill.
Easter, Makeda, 'Life-prized paintings' [interview], in: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, 31 March 2021, pp. E1-E2, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Cleveland Museum of Art Acquires Key Works by African American Artists Amy Sherald, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Wadsworth Jarrell, and D’Angelo Lovell Williams', on:, 30 March 2021, ill.
___, 'Amy Sherald: The Great American Fact', on:, March 2021, ill.
Nikolopoulou, Pepi, '"The Great American Fact": Amy Sherald with her five new portraits in Los Angeles', on:, 31 March 2021, ill.
KCRW, 'Amy Sherald: "The Great American Fact"' [interviewed by Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment podcast], 30 March 2021
Januszczak, Waldemar, 'Time for Art to Get Real', in: The Sunday Times, Culture, London, 28 March 2021, p. 22, ill.
___, 'Painter Amy Sherald’s Bravura New Show in Los Angeles Demands Patient Looking and Quiet Contemplation—See Images Here', on:, 26 March 2021, ill.
Bozoni, Argyro, 'Amy Sherald: America's favorite painter and her new works', on:, 26 March 2021, ill.
Okora, Enuma, 'When the ordinary becomes political' [interview], in: Financial Times, London, 29 March 2021, p. 22, ill.
Ritz, Jessica, 'Portrait of a Nation', in: California Style & Culture, Santa Barbara, Spring 2021, p. 65, ill.
Harper, Claire, 'Power to the People', in: Angeleno, Culver City, February 2021, p. 29, ill.
Marantos, Jeannette, '18 ways to honor Black History Month around L.A.', on:, 4 February 2021
Clavarino, Elena, 'Amy Sherald: The Great American Fact', on:, 15 January 2021, ill.
Chappet, Marie-Claire, '10 of the best online exhibitions to visit from your sofa', on:, 13 January 2021, ill.

2020 Villa, Angelica, 'The Defining Auction Records of 2020: Young Talents Rise, Old Masters Seen Anew, and More', on:, 23 December 2021, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Amy Sherald Painting Skyrockets to Record-Setting $4.2 Million at Phillips, Works by 4 More Black Artists Set New Benchmarks', on:, 9 December 2020, ill.
Gleadell, Colin, 'Anchored by Records for Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, Phillips $134.6 M. Evening Sale Brings House’s Highest Total', on:, 8 December 2020, ill.
Mills, Aaron, 'Breonna Taylor portrait artist Amy Sherald iconises everyday Black narratives', on:, 16 November 2020, ill.
___, 'Here Are 25 Inspiring Women in the Art World Who Overcame Obstacles to Accomplish Incredible Things in This Surreal Year', on:, 24 November 2020, ill.
Hatibaruah, Mayur B., 'Womanist is to Feminist as Purple is to Lavender', on:, 7 November 2020, ill.
Bochicchio, Sarah, 'Amy Sherald in Miniature', on:, 3 November 2020, ill.
Bishara, Hakim, 'Artists, Including David Hammons and Barbara Kruger, Reimagine "I Voted" Stickers', on:, 26 October 2020, ill.
Takac, Balasz, 'Amy Sherald’s Black Women in Gouache at Hauser & Wirth', on:, 23 October 2020, ill.
The Editors, '"I Voted" Stickers for Everyone Who Needs One. A New York Magazine collaboration with 48 artists', on:, 22 October 2020, ill.
___, 'On the Cover: 48 Artists Reimagine the ‘I Voted’ Sticker for New York Magazine', on:, 22 October 2020, ill.
___, 'Porträts von Amy Sherald. Der selten gemalte Zustand der Muße' [Portraits of Amy Sherald. The seldom painted state of leisure], on:, 20 October 2020, ill.
___, 'Womanist/Feminist, Purple/Lavender', on:, 15 October 2020, ill.
Cowan, Katy, 'Amy Sherald's gouache portraits of black women pay tribute to womanism', on:, 15 October 2020, ill.
Little, Colony, '"It Came Down to What I Could Make at My Kitchen Table": Amy Sherald on Experimenting With a New Medium for the First Time in Decades', on:, 13 October 2020, ill.
Martinique, Elena, 'Amy Sherald', on:, 12 October 2020, ill.
Pope, Miles, 'Living memory', in: Vanity Fair, New York, no. 720, September 2020, p. 48, cover, ill.
Dafoe, Taylor, 'Amy Sherald Painted Breonna Taylor for the Cover of Vanity Fair’s September Issue, Guest Edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates', on:, 24 August 2020, ill.
Jhala, Kabir, 'Breonna Taylor—fatally shot by Kentucky police—immortalised by Amy Sherald for Vanity Fair front cover', on:, 24 August 2020, ill.
Harper, Daria, 'Amy Sherald painted Breonna Taylor’s portrait for the cover of Vanity Fair', on:, 24 August 2020, ill.
___, 'Amy Sherald paints Breonna Taylor. A monument made of color', on:, 25 August 2020, ill.
Betancourt, Bianca, 'Artist Amy Sherald, Who Made Michelle Obama's Official Portrait, Commemorates Breonna Taylor', on:, 24 August 2020, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Amy Sherald Painted a Portrait of Breonna Taylor for Vanity Fair: ‘I Wanted it to Feel Ethereal But Grounded at the Same Time', on:, 25 August 2020, ill.
Knight, Christopher, 'Review: Breonna Taylor and the grim power of Vanity Fair’s unflinching cover portrait', on:, 1 September 2020, ill.
Donoghue, Katy, 'Amy Sherald. Capturing Americanness at its Best', in: Whitewall, New York, Summer 2020, pp. 102-107, ill.
Brara, Noor, '"We Are a Political Statement, in and of Ourselves"' [interview], in: The New York Times, New York, 28 June 2020, p. 3, ill.
Brara, Noor, 'Nine Black Artists and Cultural Leaders on Seeing and Being Seen' [interview], on:, 24 June 2020, ill.
Ebert, Grace, 'Remarkable Portraits by Artist Amy Sherald Render Subjects in Grayscale Against Vibrant Backdrops', on:, 5 June 2020, ill.
Nguyen, Andrew, '9 Women on Their Biggest Inspirations', on:, 3 April 2020, ill.

2019 ___, ‘Amerikansk kunstner portrætterer sorte mennesker ved at male dem grå’, in: Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 October 2019, ill.
Wortham, Jenna, ‘I Want to Explore the Wonder of What It Is to Be a Black American’, on:, New York, 8 October 2019, ill.
Yerebakan, Osman Can, 'Amy Sherald with Osman Can Yerebakan' [interview], in: The Brooklyn Rail, New York, October 2019, pp. 16-20, cover, ill.
Schjeldahl, Peter, ‘The Amy Sherald Effect’, on: , 16 September 2019, ill.
Sheets, Hilarie M., ‘The American Realism of Painter Amy Sherald’, on:, 9 September 2019, ill.
Martinović, Jelena, ‘Not To Be Missed — Amy Sherald’s Debut at Hauser & Wirth’ on:, 30 August 2019, ill.
Westall, Mark, ‘Amy Sherald documents contemporary black experience through arresting, otherworldly paintings.’, on:, 27 August 2019, ill.
Kazanjian, Dodie, ‘Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama’s Portraitist, Readies her New York Debut’, in: Vogue, 15 July 2019, ill.
Wellington, Elizabeth, ‘Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, designs a mural that turns a Philly teen into her own inspiration’, on:, Philadelphia, 5 June 2019, ill.
Akik, Chorouk, ‘Who are the “She’s Gotta Have It” artists amplifying Black creativity?’, on:, New York, 31 May 2019, ill.
Goldstein, Caroline, ‘Carrie Mae Weems, Amy Sherald, and These Other Artists Have Cameos in Spike Lee’s New Netflix Series, “She’s Gotta Have It”’, on:, New York, 30 May 2019
Bugbee, Stella, ‘How I Get It Done. Amy Sherald on Life After Painting Michelle Obama’, on:, New York, 2 May 2019, ill.
Wetherall, Shantel, ‘A powerful moment for the Archibald prize. Could a portrait of a black woman win?’, on:, London, 1 May 2019, ill.
Smith, Kelundra, ‘Of Figurative Paintings and a First Lady’, [interview], on:, 22 March 2019, ill.
Danzy, Shelley, ‘Obama Portraitist Amy Sherald’s Vibrant Paintings Detail Perceptions Of Blackness’, on:, Atlanta, 19 February 2019, ill.
Saget, Kim, ‘The Obama Portraits have had a Pilgrimage Effect’, on:, Boston, 12 February 2019, ill.
Shaw, Gabbi, ‘20 Amazing Women who are Changing the World’, on:, New York, 12 February 2019, ill.
Carras, Jon, ‘’Sunday Morning’ at 40. The artist’s vision’, on:, New York, 27 January 2019, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘The Year Ahead in African American Art. What to Look Forward to in 2019’, on:, Silver Spring, 24 January 2019, ill.
Peacock, Leslie Newell, ‘Indomitable. African American artists in 'On Their Own Terms' at UA Little Rock’, on:, Little Rock, 14 January 2019, ill.
Crow, Kelly, ‘In New Show, Michelle Obama’s Portrait Artist Shifts to the Monumental’, in: The Wall Street Journal, Washington, 8 September 2019, ill.
Wortham, Jenna, ‘I Want to Explore the Wonder of What It Is to Be a Black American’, on:, New York, 8 October 2019, ill.
___, ‘Amerikansk kunstner portrætterer sorte mennesker ved at male dem grå’, in: Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 October 2019, ill.

2018 Bancroft, Colette, ‘Michelle Obama’s memoir explores the meanings of ‘Becoming’’, on:, Tampa, 12 December 2018
Feller, Madeline, ‘18 Important Moments for Women in 2018’, on:, New York, 12 December 2018, ill.
Kennicott, Philip, ‘The must-sees on the National Mall. Amy Sherald’s ‘Grand Dame Queenie’’, on:, Washington D.C., 11 December 2018, ill.
Guiducci, Mark, ‘When the Obamas Had the Whole Country Talking About Contemporary Painting’, on:, New York, 26 December 2018, ill.
Freeman, Nate, ‘These 10 Artists Broke into the Art Market Big Leagues in 2018’, on:, New York, 21 December 2018, ill.
Davis, Joyce, Phillips, Wyatt, ‘Amy Sherald’s Newest Portraits on View at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’, on:, Atlanta, 18 December 2018, ill.
Laster, Paul, ‘Still the Main Attraction, Art Basel Returns to Miami Beach’, on:, Miami, 30 November 2018, ill.
Adler, Kayla Webley, ‘The 51 Most Powerful Moments for Women in 2018’, on:, Los Angeles, 28 November 2018, ill.
Akomfrah, John, ‘Apollo Awards 2018 Artist of the Year. The Shortlists’, on:, New York, 19 November 2018
Ferrise, Jennifer, WIlson, Eric, ‘InStyle's 2018 Style 100. The Year's Buzziest Dresses, Trends, and Badass Women. No. 8/100’, on:, New York, 20 November 2018, ill.
'Firsts. Women Who are Changing the World', in Time Magazine, New York, 7 September 2018
MaCauley, Mary Carole, 'An oversized mural of acclaimed Baltimore artist Amy Sherald's work will be installed at the Parkway Theatre', in The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, 10 August 2018
Dowell, Stuart, 'Record-breaker: Painting goes for staggering 1mln in first ever auction devoted to female artists', on:, Warsaw, 28 September 2018, ill.
'Firsts. Women Who are Changing the World', in Time Magazine, New York, 17 September 2018
Teicholz, Tom, ‘Of Presidents and Portraits’, on:, Los Angeles, 21 August 2018, ill.
Neuendorf, Henri, ‘Dealer Monique Meloche Is Thriving—Even After a Mega-Gallery Wooed Away Her Biggest Stars. Here’s Why’, on:, New York, 21 August 2018, ill.
Clancy, Sean, ‘UALR basketball coach scores an impressive assortment of art when he’s not on the court’, on:, Fayetteville, 19 August 2018.
Dafoe, Taylor, ‘The Actor Who Played Robocop Is Now an Art Historian, and He’s Returning to Detroit to Face a New Threat: ‘The Crisis of Beauty’, on:, New York, 14 August 2018.
Gunts, Ed, ‘Amy Sherald’s next big unveiling will be a mural in Station North’, on:, Baltimore, 13 August 2018, ill.
MaCauley, Mary Carole, 'An oversized mural of acclaimed Baltimore artist Amy Sherald's work will be installed at the Parkway Theatre', in The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, 10 August 2018
V., Andrey, ‘Inside Amy Sherald’s First Major Solo Museum Show’, on:, London, 30 July 2018
Goldstein, Caroline, ‘The Rise of Millennial Art Collectors to the Epic Conservation Calamity in Spain: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week’, on:, New York, 29 July 2018
Morgan, Tiernan, ‘Art Movements’, on:, New York, 29 July 2018
Pagel, David, ‘Sexy, shameless pops of color’, in: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, 27 July 2018, p. E2, ill.
Cascone, Sarah, ‘’The Reaction Has Been Overwhelming’ : Susan Uterberg Comes Forward as a Major Anonymous Patron of Female Artists’, on:, New York, 25 July 2018
Logan, Elizabeth, ‘This Photographer Has Anonymously Donated Millions to Female Artists for Decades’, on:, New York,
Pogrebin, Robin, ‘She Gave Millions to Artists Without Credit. Until Now.’, onL The New York Times, New York, 20 July 2018
Harrington, RJ, ‘The Most Notable Paintings of the 21st Century (So Far)’, on:, Houston, 16 July 2018
Lees, Jaime, ‘Forget Fireworks. Here’s What to Do on July 4th When You’re So Over America’, on:, St. Louis, 3 July 2018
Roche, Eddie, ‘Milly’s Michelle Smith Shares the Ultimate Honor of her Life’, on:, New York, 2 July 2018
Cascone, Sarah, ‘’There Is So Much You Go Through Just Trying to Make It’: Amy Sherald on How She Went From Obscurity to a Museum Survey (and the White House)’, on:, New York, 20 June 2018
McNeill, Niki, ‘Michelle Obama Painter Amy Sherald Visits Chapel Hill for a Portrait Exhibit that Looks Refreshingly Like America Today’, on:, Durham, 6 June 2018
Root, ‘Michelle Obama’s Portrait Artist Amy Sherald Wins Nationwide Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Award’, on:, Princetown, 2 June 2018
Menconi, David, ‘’I’m the same person I was before.’ Michelle Obama’s portrait artist is a star.’, on:, Raleigh, 1 June 2018
Byrd, Rikki, ‘Amy Sherald on Her “Gentle Presentation of Black Identity” and More’, on:, New York, 24 May 2018
Beckwith, Naomi, ‘Amy Sherald’, in: Artforum, New York, May 2018, p. ???
Kahn, Mattie, ‘Amy Sherald’s Painting of Michelle Obama Went Viral. But She’s No Overnight Success’, on:, New York, 22 May 2018
McCauley, Mary Carole, ‘Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, wins $40,000’, on:, Baltimore, 18 May 2018
Studach, Elissa, ‘These 50 Artists Are Shaping The Future Of Contemporary Art’, on: Business of Home, Chicago, 17 May 2018
Wilson, Calvin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ‘Obama portrait artist Amy Sherald is worthy of acclaim beyond her celebrity moment’, on: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, 17 May 2018
Rao, Sameer, ‘Amy Sherald Revisits Creative Journey for New Solo Exhibit’, on:ColorLines, New York, 15 May 2018
Kennicott, Philip, ‘Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Now, the artist wants to make works ‘to rest your eyes.’’, on: The Washington Post, Washington D.C., 14 May 2018
King, Chris, ‘Amy Sherald opens at CAM with impressive local artists in 2018 Great Rivers Biennial’, on: St. Louis American, St. Louis, 11 May 2018
Gordon, Amanda L., Katya Kazakina, ‘Black Art Stars Go to Auction to Benefit Harlem’s Studio Museum’, on: Bloomberg, New York, 11 May 2018
Friswold, Paul, ‘The Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend, May 10 to 13’, on: Riverfront Times, St. Louis, 11 May 2018
Wilson, Calvin, ‘Amy Sherald’, on: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, 10 May 2018
Hollerbach, Bryan A., ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Sensation’, on: Ladeu News, St. Louis, 10 May 2018
Carrigan, Margaret, Juliet Helmke, Guelda Voien, ‘The 51 Artists, Curators, Directors and Dealers Changing the Art World in 2018’, on: Observer, New York, 9 May 2018
Levere, Jane, ‘What Happens When Art History Gets Refigured’, on: Smothsonian, Washington D.C., 9 May 2018
Goldstein, Caroline, ‘From Debate Over an Art-Fair Tax to the Famed Hollywood Producer Suing Jeff Koons: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week’, on: Artnet News, New York, 5 May 2018
Beckwith, Naomi, ‘Amy Sherald’, on: Artforum, New York, 3 May 2018
Morning Show Producer, ‘Baltimore Art Journal’, on: Fox 5 News, Baltimore, 30 April 2018
Artsy Editors, ‘Newly Established’, on: Artsy, New York, 30 April 2018
Halperin, Julia, ‘’It Is an Unusual and Radical Act’: Why the Baltimore Museum Is Selling Blue-Chip Art to Buy Work by Underrepresented Artists’, on: Artnet News, New York, 30 April 2018
Johns, Myke, ‘Michelle Obama Portrait Artist Amy Sherald Honored By High Museum’, on: WABE, Atlanta, 27 April 2018
Lo, Jerrie, ‘H Queen’s: The Heart of Central’, on: #Legend, Hong Kong, 23 April 2018
Cakkahan, Maura, ‘Recharting America’s Origin Story Through Quilts’, on: Hyperallergic, New York, 27 April 2018
___, ‘Open Season’, in: Whitewall, New York, April 2018, p.
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Newly Focused on Acquiring African American Art, Columbus Museum Adds Works by Robert Neal and Augusta Savage to Collection’, on: Culture Type, Silver Spring, 27 April 2018
O’Neill, Gail, ‘Amy Sherald talks Michelle Obama and the portrait that launched a million tweets’, on: ARTSATL, Atlanta, 23 April 2018
Rodriguez-Plate, S. Brent, ‘How images change our race bias’, on: The Conversation, Boston, 23 April 2018
Kazakina, Katya, ‘Black art spurs gold rush as collector stampede drives up prices’, on:Chicago Tribune, Chicago, 18 April 2018
Swenson, Kyle, ‘The Life – and near-death – of Michelle Obama portrait artist Amy Sherald’, on: The Washington Post, Washington D.C., 13 February 2018
Lewis, Miles Marshall, ‘Into the Light: Amy Sherald on The Gravity Of Creating An Official White House Portrait’, on: Essence, New York, 10 April 2018
The Cut, ‘Painter Amy Sherald on How She Portrays Herself Online’, on: The Cut, New York, 28 March 2018
Vanity Fair, ‘Amy Sherald Has a Workspace That Nurtures Her Inner Child’, on: Vanity Fair, New York, 27 March 2018
Halperin, Julia, ‘Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama’s Portraitist, Will Now Be Represented by Hauser & Wirth Worldwide’, on: Artnet News, New York, 20 March 2018
Gittlen, Ariela, ‘Obama Portraitist Amy Sherald Gives Advice to Young Artists’, on: Artsy, New York, 27 February 2018
Britto, Brittany, ‘Michelle Obama portrait by Amy Sherald: The Critics response’, on: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, 13 February 2018
McCauley, Mary Carole, ‘Get to know Amy Sherald, the Baltimore artist painting Michelle Obama’s official portrait’, on: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, 9 February 2018
Greenberger, Alex, ‘Amy Sherald Names Winner of High Museum’s David C. Driskell Prize’, on: Artnews, New York, 8 February 2018

2017 Cotter, Holland, 'From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year', The New York Times, December 27, 2017
Donoghue, Katy, 'Highlights from Untitled, Miami Beach 2017', Whitewall, December 8, 2017
Goldstein, Andrew, 'Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama’s Chosen Portraitist, Is Now a Bona Fide Art-Market Success Story', Artnet News, December 6, 2017
Gerlis, Melanie, 'Political art prominent in Miami', Financial Times, December 1.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Portrait Artist Amy Sherald Discussed Her Practice at the National Gallery of Art: ‘I Paint American People. Black People Doing Stuff’', Culture Type, November 7, 2017
Sargent, Antwaun, 'The Obamas and the Inauguration of Black Painting’s New Golden Age In America', W Magazine, October 30, 2017
Green, Naima, 'The Perfect Woman to Paint Michelle Obama', The New York Times, October 28, 2017
McCauley, Mary Carole, 'Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, chosen to paint Michelle Obama portrait, adjusts to national spotlight', The Baltimore Sun, October 27, 2017
Pogrebin, Robin, 'After a Late Start, an Artist’s Big Break: Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait', The New York Times, October 23, 2017
Smith, Roberta, 'Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter', The New York Times, October 1, 2017
Kelley, Sonaiya. 'Kehinde Wiley will paint Obama’s official presidential portrait', Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2017
Elizabeth, De., 'Barack and Michelle Obama Select Artists to Paint Their Official Portrait', Teen Vogue, October 15, 2017
Greenwood, Max, 'Obamas pick artists to paint their Smithsonian portraits', The Hill, October 14, 2017
'Obamas Choose Artists to Paint Official Portraits', Voice of America, October 14, 2017
Poole, Sheila, 'Georgia-born artist to paint Michelle Obama’s portrait for Smithsonian Gallery', The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 14, 2017
James-Johnson, Alva, 'Michelle Obama taps Georgia native to paint her national
portrait', The Telegraph, October 14, 2017
Smith, Tim, 'Baltimore artist Amy Sherald to paint Michelle Obama’s official portrait', The Baltimore Sun, October 13, 2017
Crow, Kelly, 'Obamas Choose Rising Stars to Paint Their Official Portraits', The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2017
Darby, Luke, 'The Obamas Chose the Coolest Painters for Their Official Portraits', GQ, October 14, 2017
Greenberger, Alex, 'Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama', ARTnews, October 13, 2017
Kennicott, Phillip, 'Will the Obamas’ Portraits be Safe or Edgy? A Bit of Both', The Washington Post, October 13, 2017
Frank, Priscilla, 'Get To Know The Artists Painting The Obamas’ Official Portraits', Huffington Post, October 13, 2017
Vartanian, Hrag, 'Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Chosen to Paint Official
Obama Portraits for the Smithsonian', Hyperallergic, October 13, 2017
Cascone, Sarah, 'The Obamas Choose Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Their Official Portraits for the Smithsonian', Artnet News, October 13, 2017
Bryant, Kenzie, 'Meet the Artists Who Will Paint Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits', Vanity Fair, October 13, 2017
Thackara, Tess, 'The Latest in the Studio Museum’s Landmark “F” Series Is a Timely Exploration of Truth and Fiction', Artsy, September 19, 2017
Higginson, Imani, 'In Conversation with Amy Sherald: An Observer and a Maker', Gallery Gurls, July 12, 2017
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Black Radical Women: This Spring, Several Group Shows Bring Together Works by African American Female Artists', Culture Type, March 26, 2017
Chung, Francis, 'Explore D.C.: National Museum of Women in the Arts', Pentagram, March 23, 2017
Clemans, Gayle, 'At Tacoma Art Museum, portraits that reach out and touch you', The Seattle Times, February 8, 2017
'TAM to host Smithsonian’s American Portraiture Today', The Suburban Times, January 10, 2017
Carroll, Angela N., '‘About Face’ at the Creative Alliance carves out room for a new kind of canonical portraiture', Baltimore City Paper, January 4, 2017

2016 Valentine, Victoria L., 'Culture Type: The Year in Black Art 2016', Culture Type, December 31, 2016
McCauley, Mary Carole, 'Equipped with new heart, Baltimore’s Amy Sherald gains fame with surreal portraiture', The Washington Post, December 21, 2016
Cotter, Holland, 'Forget the Coasts. Look to the Hinterlands', The New York Times, November 9, 2016
Sexton, Elaine, 'Making Mirrors: A Micro-Interview with Amy Sherald', Tupelo Quarterly, October 30, 2016
Souza, Gabriella, 'After Two Decades of Work, Baltimore Artist Amy Sherald Finds Success and A New Chance at Life', Baltimore Magazine, October 17, 2016
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Where My Girls At?: 28+ Opportunities to See and Support the Work of Black Female Artists and Curators This Fall', Culture Type, September 29, 2016
Catlin, Roger, 'History Grabs the Headlines, But the Quiet Authority of the Art Gallery in the New Smithsonian Museum Speaks Volumes', Smithsonian Magazine, September 28, 2016
Howe, Brian, '’Southern Accent’ Is a Revolutionary Exploded Diagram of Southern Identity in Contemporary Art', Hyperallergic, September 24, 2016
Smith, Kelundra, 'New works by 20 female artists mark Spelman Museum’s
anniversary', The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 23, 2016
Crow, Kelly, 'Inside America’s New African-American Museum', The Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2016
Khawaja, Samra, 'Art Talk with Painter Amy Sherald', National Endowment for the Arts, July 26, 2016
__, 'Amy Sherald on Black Art', Fresh Art International Interview, July 14, 2016
Frank, Priscilla, '’Fairytale’ Paintings Show A Side Of Black Lives History Overlooks', Huffington Post, July 7, 2016
'Amy Sherald: A Wonderful Dream', digital exhibition catalogue, with essay by Dawoud Bey, Chicago: moniquemeloche, 2016
Lesser, Casey, 'These 20 Female Artists Are Pushing Figurative Painting Forward', Artsy, June 10, 2016
Lam, Jenny, '10 art gallery exhibitions to see in June', Time Out Chicago, June 3, 2016
Stafford Davis, Jessica, '10 Female Artists of Color on the Rise', The Root, March 22, 2016
O’Brien, Jane, 'New faces in the US National Portrait Gallery', BBC News, March 15, 2016
'Amy Sherald the first woman to win 2016 National Portrait Gallery Competition', Black Art In America, March 12, 2016
Carole McCaluey, Mary. 'Baltimorean Amy Sherald wins first prize in Smithsonian portrait contest', Baltimore Sun, March 11, 2016

2015 Reichert, Elliot, 'Review: Look at Me Now!/Monique Meloche Gallery', Newcity, August 1, 2015

2013 __, 'Presence of Mind- Revealing Africans in the European Art', Transitions: International Review, Issue 111, 2013
__, 'Resisting Homogeneity in the 21st Century', The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 24, No.2., 2013
'Portfolio – Life Stories', Baltimore Style Magazine, 2013
Hycide Magazine, December (cover), 2013

2011 __, 'An Artist Perspective on Social Ascent', Sag Harbor Express, May 26, 2011
__, 'Studio Visits”, Urbanite Magazine, January Issue No. 79, 2011

2010 American Art Collector, December Issue, 2010
New American Paintings Ed. 88, 2010

2008 Studio, The Studio Museum of Harlem Magazine, Fall Issue, 2008

2006 __, 'In This Exhibition, The Subject Is Women', Baltimore Sun, February 22, 2006

2004 __, 'Under Busy Baltimore Streets Art Flourishes', Baltimore Sun, October 24, 2004

2003 'El Recuerdo de Una Feria', La Prensa, June 1, 2003
'A Tale of Two Cities', The New York Times, June 30, 2003

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