Amy Sherald (b. 1973, Columbus, Georgia) received her bachelor’s degree at Clark-Atlanta University in 1997, and that same year, participated in Spelman College’s International Artist-in-Residence program in Portobelo, Panama. She then received an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In 2016, Sherald was the first woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize; and the accompanying exhibition, The Outwin 2016, has been on tour since 2016 and will open at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO in October 2017. Sherald has had solo shows at venues including Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (2016); Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore (2013); and University of North Carolina, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Chapel Hill (2011).
In May 2018, she will present a solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO. Group exhibitions include Southern Accent, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (2016); which travelled to Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY (2017); Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture, California African American Museum, Los Angeles (opens July 2017). Public collections include Smithsonian National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Columbus Museum, GA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC. Sherald is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.