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 Joseph Sherly Sheppard  (1930 - )

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Lived/Active: Maryland / Italy      Known for: crowd genre, figure, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Joseph Sheppard
1930 (Owings Mills, Maryland)
Maryland / Italy

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BORN: Owings Mills, Maryland, 1930

Maryland Institute of Art, 1948-1952
Guggenheim Traveling Fellowship to Florence, Italy, 1957

Peale Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
Emily Low Prize, Allied Artists of America, 1956
John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship Award, 1958
Bronze Metal of Honor, Allied Artists of America, 1963
First Purchase Award, Butler Institute of American Art, 1963
John McDonough Prize, Butler Institute of American Art, 1967
Governor's Prize, Maryland Artist's Exhibition, 1971
Tallix Foundry Prize, National Sculpture Society, 1983
Paul Puzinas Award, Allied Artists of America, 1983
Willliam Meyerowitz Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America, 1985
Agop Agapoff memorial Prize, National Sculpture Society, 1986
Silver Medal of Honor, Allied Artists of America, 1986
Percival Dietsch Prize, National Sculpture Society, 1994

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa
Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk, Virginia
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Brookgreen Gardens Museum of American Sculpture, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama
New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, Connecticut
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Malcom Forbes Collection, New York, New York
Musco Dei Bozzetti Di Pietrasanta, Italy

Mural of five panels, Police Department, Baltimore, Maryland, 1975
Two murals, Peabody Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, 1987
Holocaust Memorial (15 foot bronze sculpture), Baltimore, Maryland, 1988
Seven murals, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
St. Francis of Assisi, life-size bronze sculpture, St. Joseph's Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, 1992

Early October, 2000
Presentation of portrait of Lawrence Cardinal Sheehan
The North American College
Vatican City, Rome

November, 2000
Presentation of portrait of Senator Barbara Mikulski
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794

November 10, 11, & 12, 2000
"Great American Artists Exhibition and Sale"
Cincinnati Club
Cincinnati, Ohio

November 17, 2000 through January 1, 2001
One-man exhibition of paintings & sculpture
20 North Saint Clair Gallery
Toledo, Ohio

January 7 through February 11, 2001
Allied Artists of America
Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502

Saturday September 29 through Sunday, October 28, 2001
Sheppard 2001, 50 YEARS OF ART (50 ANNI D'ARTE)
Italian Press Release Video (56k)
Italian Press Release Video (100k)Chiesa di Sant'Agostino e nelle Sale Del Centro Culturale "Luigi Russo"
Pietrasanta (Lucca) Italy
(This exhibit will travel to the United States in the year 2002.)

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Focusing on the human form, Joseph Sheppard has created paintings and sculptures in the figurative realist tradition. He has studios in Baltimore, Maryland, and Pietrasanta, Italy. He studied with Jacques Moroger and Reginald Marsh and closely read the anatomical writings of Leonardo DaVinci and 14th-century physician, Andreas Vesalius.

In Sheppard's genre and figure works, many of the figures seem off balance and twisted in their poses, giving his paintings a sense of motion as though the figures are interacting with each other. His canvases are filled with "an endless parade of dancers, acrobats, and athletes" (43).

Sheppard works guickly, painting both in thin transparent glazes and in impasto.

Regarded as a "role model for figurative realists", Sheppard stated: "I believe that technical skill is an important element in art and that the figure is not only a subject but the most elevated form of art" (43).

Peggy Grant, "Understanding Anatomy", AMERICAN ARTIST, July 2001

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