Figures of Freedom: USM Salutes Maryland's African-American Artists

"Frederick Douglass" by Kimberly Hunter, Student, CSU


"The Parade" by Joseph Sheppard, UMUC Maryland Artists Collection


"Harriet Tubman" by James Hill, Professor of Art, Salisbury University


"Chester" by Ernest Satchell, Professor of Art, UMES

Exhibition in the Miller Senate Office Building through December 2007

ADELPHI, Md. (February 14, 2007) - In celebration of Maryland's diversity and history, the University System of Maryland, in collaboration with the Department of Business and Economic Development's Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts, presents "Figures of Freedom," an exhibition showcasing the works of Maryland's African-American visual artists. The exhibition will run through November 15, 2007, in the Second Floor Gallery of the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD.

Throughout history, artists have grappled with the universal question of freedom, whether through individual experience or social struggles. African-American visual artists for the most part, however, have not received the attention and popular acclaim that African-American musicians and writers have garnered. "Figures of Freedom" brings Maryland's African-American visual artists to the forefront and shares their perspectives on the personal and communal meaning of freedom.

The exhibition showcases selected works from the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)-a national leader in the field of African-American art and culture-including prints by David Driskell, noted artist and distinguished UMCP professor emeritus of art. Other highlights include a specially commissioned installation of sculpture by Coppin State University art students. The installation features larger-than-life busts of African-American leaders from Maryland such as Frederick Douglass and Clarence Mitchell.

The exhibition also includes a bronze sculpture of Harriet Tubman by Salisbury University art professor James Hill and "Chester," a sculpture by Ernest Satchell, professor of art at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. "The Parade," an oil on canvas by Joseph Sheppard, is on loan from the University of Maryland University College Maryland Artists Collection.

The free exhibition is open to the public daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Contact: John Buettner
Phone: 301.445.2719