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Baltimore artist Amy Sherald to paint Michelle Obama’s official portrait | The Baltimore Sun Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and just joined the faculty there, has been commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama.

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New York-based Kehinde Wiley will paint the official portrait of President Barack Obama.

The paintings are scheduled to be unveiled next year and added to the National Portrait Gallery’s popular collection of presidential and first lady portraits.

Sherald’s portraits of African-American models are known for her use of gray skin tones. Last year, she became the first African-American and first woman to win the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition; she was chosen for the $25,000 award from among 2,500 entrants.

Amy Sherald, African American Art, African American Artist, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCourtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago | Credit

Amy Sherald, African American Art, African American Artist, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCourtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago | Credit

Amy Sherald, African American Art, African American Artist, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCourtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago | Credit

Amy Sherald, African American Art, African American Artist, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCourtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago | Credit

Amy Sherald, African American Art, African American Artist, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCourtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago | Credit

Amy Sherald, African American Art, African American Artist, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCourtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago | Credit


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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).


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