Jim Condron’s works fuse painting and sculpture. His pieces tangle personal history, art history and his menacing obsession with collecting salvaged objects that resonate with vernacular associations. Originally from Long Island, NY, Condron attended NYSS and earned his MFA at the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Condron is a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant and has been awarded a number of residencies.
Amy Sherald Born 1973. USA
Through her monumental portraits of African American subjects, Amy Sherald explores alternate narratives of blackness through the exclusion of color from the notion of race. The Baltimore-based artist is best known for her stylized, figurative paintings of vibrantly dressed individuals rendered in grayscale skin tones against flat, highly-saturated backgrounds that evoke a sense of timeless identity.
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. In 2014, Sherald was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant. Sherald has also received the 2017 Anonymous Was A Woman award and the 2019 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award. 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 Baltimore youth.