Joseph Sheppard, Girl with Flowers

This exhibition of Joseph Sheppard's paintings, sculptures, and drawings documents many aspects of 20th-century African American life. Subjects include sports figures, including Baltimore legend Mack Lewis, who ran a boxing gym for many years; the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.; and scenes of daily life of African Americans around the globe.

About the Artist

Joseph Sheppard is no stranger to the Maryland community or to UMGC. For more than 55 years, Sheppard has paid homage to the past with realist paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other artworks that honor the present. Throughout his career, he has held fast to his belief in the sanctity of real formations and his commitment to their expert execution.

Born in Owings Mills, Maryland, in 1930, Sheppard attended what is now known as the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) on a four-year scholarship from 1948 to 1952. He studied with Jacques Maroger, former technical director of the Louvre, who is credited with the rediscovery of the mediums used in old master paintings. Sheppard was artist in residence at Dickinson College from 1955 to 1957 and taught drawing, anatomy, and painting at MICA from 1960 until 1975. He traveled to Europe on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957 and has received numerous other prizes and awards in both painting and sculpture.

Sheppard divides his time between Pietrasanta, Italy, and Baltimore, Maryland. He is represented in major collections and museums throughout the world, including the Butler Institute of American Art and the Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), the Figge Art Museum (Iowa), the University of Arizona Museum of Art (Tucson), the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Pennsylvania), the Chrysler Museum of Art (Virginia), the Baltimore Museum of Art (Maryland), Brookgreen Gardens (South Carolina), the Mobile Museum of Art (Alabama), the New Britain Museum of American Art (Connecticut), and the Museo dei Bozzetti (Italy). In addition, the Arts Program at UMGC is proud to include a large collection of his works in its growing Maryland Artist Collection.

Exhibition Dates

February 9, 2020–February 9, 2021

Exhibition Hours

9 a.m.–7 p.m. daily


Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Painting Gallery
The Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard
University of Maryland Global Campus
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783 | Directions

Funding for this project was provided by the Friends of the Arts Program, Maryland State Arts Council, and Wolpoff Family Foundation.