Reginald Lewis Museum brings Jacob Lawrence to Baltimore


— The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is excited to announce its fall 2017 exhibition Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence, on view from September 9, 2017 to January 9, 2018.

The exhibition includes nearly 50 works on paper and two artist books by renowned 20th African American artist Jacob Lawrence, from personal collections in and around Maryland.

The exhibition schedule and program events include: a Collector’s Panel on September 16; a Family Day on October 7; and a lecture by David Driskell on November 9.

The programs are designed to engage a wide variety of audiences in exploring the history and culture of African American life during their visit to the Reginald Lewis Museum.

Jacob Lawrence, one of the best known artists of the 20th century, was a painter, printmaker, storyteller and educator who is renowned for his portrayals of African American life in an urban setting, especially New York’s Harlem.

A born storyteller, he is also known for his series on the lives of heroes related to the African American experience— Toussaint L’Ouverture, Frederick Douglass, John Brown and Harriet Tubman.

The exhibition of prints and artist books reveal the vivid colors and simplicity of form so characteristic of Lawrence.

Wanda Draper, Executive Director of the Lewis Museum, is “excited about the generosity of our Maryland collectors. Since many of his works reflect the urban reality, we know that they will certainly resonant with our visitors. We feel that this exhibition is a must-see!”

Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence opens to the public on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland’s largest museum dedicated to the State’s African American experience. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. For more information visit