Past Exhibitions

January 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018




Come to our second floor upper lobby and take in art from students from all around Maryland. The talent will astound you!

27 pieces are featured and they were all inspired by the work of artists Jacob Lawrence and Terrence A. Reese.

Featured: "Dripping Lies" by Kroix Dale an 11th grader at Gwynn Park High School


November 16, 2017 to April 1, 2018



Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched is an exhibition of documentary-style story quilts that celebrate the contributions, lives, and legacies of people of color in Maryland. The quilts are creations by fabric artist Joan M.E. Gaither, Ph.D. and include several works that consist of community collaborations facilitated by Gaither.

The quilts featured in Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched are presented as collective stories connected to a continuing struggle for freedom in our shared greater American story. The work speaks to a place in many communities - telling one’s own story, telling the stories of others, and finally, helping others to find and tell their own stories within the context of one collective story.
© 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
September 9, 2017 to January 7, 2018




© 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

September 9th Through January 7th 2018

Over 50 prints by Jacob Lawrence from personal collections in and around Maryland. Lawrence, one of the best known artists of the 20th century, was a painter, storyteller and educator who is renowned for his portrayals of African American life, especially in Harlem. His prints reflect the vivid colors and simplicity of form seen in his earlier paintings. Jacob Lawrence is one of the best known painters of the 20th century. 


Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Project
March 30, 2017 to April 2, 2017


March 30 - April 2, 2017

The Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Project exhibition tells the story of the woman often referred to as the “Mother of Modern Medicine." It is a companion piece to the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiering on the network in late April. Lacks’s cells were essential in the creation of the polio vaccine, as well as groundbreaking research on measles, mumps, HIV, Ebola and countless other diseases. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is proud to be the first stop of the national tour for the exhibition. Visit as part of the opening weekend of the Light City festival.

February 1, 2017 to March 5, 2017

















1st Place Winner: “Listen to our Youth” by Chinazam Ojukwu, Grade 12, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Pomfret, MD, Charles County

1st Place Winner: Listen to our Youth by Chinazam Ojukwu, Grade 12, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Pomfret, MD, Charles County

1st Place Winner: Listen to our Youth by Chinazam Ojukwu, Grade 12, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Pomfret, MD, Charles County

On View February 1 – March 5, 2017

This exhibition displays work from an annual open call to high school students across Maryland. This year's theme asked students to produce a campaign poster or art work that advocates gun prevention, a ceasefire to gun violence, or creates a vision for peace. The theme is inspired by the museum exhibition Kin Killin' Kin. The exhibition is presented annually in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Education Association. 

November 2, 2016 to July 30, 2017


November 2, 2016 - July 30, 2017

Sons is more than a photographic study of the modern African American male. It is also an examination of how African American men are perceived. The exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery.

Section one is a brief introduction, followed by "Perceptions," in which visitors are presented with images of African American men. Visitors are encouraged to form perceptions based on the images of isolated faces that are captioned with names only. The "Realities and Reconciliation" section presents a second set of images with bios and videos of the subjects discussing themselves. This allows comparison of initial perceptions with reality.

The photographic subjects will be drawn mostly from the local area. From this microcosm of African American males, visitors can learn of some of the realities and challenges facing African American men. The subjects should be familiar to the visitors, because they are the black American men whose day-to-day existence mirrors that of most Americans and members of their community. Taliaferro produced images that seek to communicate something about the humanity of each person in the exhibition.

Photographed by James Taliaferro.

SONSMovieBalt from Jerry Taliaferro on Vimeo.

October 1, 2016 to January 16, 2017


Kin Killin Kin

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October 1, 2016 – January 16, 2017

KKK – “Kin Killin’ Kin” - is a powerful and thought-provoking series of images that reflect artist James Pate’s deep love for youth, and even greater concern for the epidemic of youth violence in the African American community. The images portray young people in urban settings, or events like the March on Washington, dressed in stylized klan garb that mirrors modern hip hop clothing trends. Pate’s powerful images were created to engage youth and community in acknowledging the harsh reality of gun violence. He also hopes they are a visual call-to-action to dialogue towards positive alternatives and solutions to negative behavior. Pate is a master visual artist who has directed his artistic vision to one of the most critical social ills of our time. 

Organized by SHANGO: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture, Inc., and EbonNia Gallery. Curated by Willis Bing Davis.

Opening Program

Saturday, October 8, 1pm - Kin Killin' Kin: Community Forum on Gun Violence
With gun violence prevalent in national conversations, join artist James Pate and curator Willis Bing Davis along with community stakeholders in relevant discussions leading to plausible solutions to violence prevention at the local level. Moderated by Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Whitehead.

Frederick Douglass Carte De Visite
June 29, 2016 to December 31, 2017
Frederick Douglass Carte De Visite


Frederick Douglass Carte De Visite


Now on view through December 2017

Over the past 10 years, a number of major donations and acquisitions have significantly enhanced the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s collection. Now, That's Cool! exhibits several of these recent additions to permanent collection. The vast majority of the 40 plus objects are on public display at the museum for the first time, such as a signed photograph of Frederick Douglass; an 1802 advertisement for two runaway slaves from Frederick County, Maryland; and a door from Druid Hill Park labeled "White Men."


April 28, 2016 to September 30, 2016


Question Bridge: Black Males


April 28 – September 30, 2016

This innovative video installation probes black men as they ask and answer provocative questions to each other such as, “Why am I a traitor for dating outside of my race?” “What’s your greatest fear?” The videos were collected from 150 men from across the U.S., then woven together to simulate a real-time conversation covering themes of family, love, education, violence, and more. The vulnerability and generosity of the men produces complex and authentic images of black men rarely seen in American media. The viewer also gets a window into the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men and offers new possibilities for witnessing our common humanity.

Artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson organized Question Bridge in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The artists hope that the Question Bridge project will be a catalyst for constructive dialogue that will help deconstruct stereotypes about black male identity in our collective consciousness.

Related Programming

Book Talk with Ben Jealous, former NAACP president - May 7, 2pm
Critical Discourse Among Black Males in the Obama Era - June 5, 2pm
I am Franklin: Comic Book Art Workshop - June 11, 12pm

April 16, 2016 to September 4, 2016


BMORE Than the Story exhibition


April 16 – September 4, 2016

The violence that erupted in this spring in West Baltimore was both surprising and expected. The death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police became a tipping point for a community plagued by poverty, low academic achievement and limited economic opportunities. The overriding narrative of the media coverage was pejorative and full of scorn. Nearby schools and their students, including those at nearby Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts (AFSIVA), were implicated in the crime and destruction, whether they committed them or not. These high school students lost control of how they wanted to be defined and regarded. This project seeks to give back that narrative through a series of visual and performing art works. ASFIVA students collaborated with graphic design students from the University of Maryland College Park to produce this exhibition that addresses the one-sided media portrayal and discusses the realities of the students’ lives.

Related Events

BMORE Than The Story: Community Forum and Performance + Opening Reception - Saturday, April 16, 1:30pm
All Baltimore Voices: Stories About & Beyond the Unrest - April 23, 10am-3pm