Past Exhibitions

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.

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

January 16, 2016 to March 6, 2016

















1st Place Winner: “Pop-Pop Eugene” by Laura Heilig, Grade 12, Winters Mill High School, Carroll County.

Laura Heilig, Grade 12-1st Place, Winters Mill High School, Carroll County.

Laura Heilig, Grade 12-1st Place, Winters Mill High School, Carroll County.


On View January 16 – Mar 6, 2016

This exhibition displays work from an annual open call to high school students across Maryland. This year's theme asked students to produce work that examines self-identity, racial identity, diversity, or family images through portraiture. In conjunction with the exhibition Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World. Admission to the galleries is just $5 over MLK weekend (Saturday, January 16 - Monday, January 18, 2016). Click here to view other MLK Weekend activities.


The exhibition is presented annually in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Education Association. 



Moaney Boy On The Stairs ©2015 The estate of Ruth Starr Rose


Brown Capital Management presents

October 10, 2015 – April 3, 2016

This first comprehensive show of artist Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965) offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Many of the subjects are descendants of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ross Tubman. From the area's most noted black sail maker, to professional female crab pickers, to heroic soldiers, the portraits speak of self-possessed people who were proud of their station in life. Rose's subjects are portrayed with a dignity and compassion that is rarely seen during this period of art history. For this reason, the work also offers a historical record of daily African American life on the Eastern Shore. The exhibition includes visual depictions of military servicemen, and portraits of Native Americans and Haitians that Rose befriended on her travels.

Her illustrations of spirituals, some of which are on view here, are said to be the most comprehensive visual interpretation of Negro spirituals to appear in the United States, according to Professor James A. Porter, the undisputed father of African American art history. Rose is also believed to be the first white artist to produce a work of art for a black church.

Part of the exhibition is archival material highlighting Rose’s correspondence and association with other 20th century artists, writers, and luminaries such as Paul Robeson, Orson Welles, and Julia Mood Peterkin.

While Rose exhibited during her lifetime at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she remains in obscurity. This first comprehensive show brings unseen content to light, giving visitors a new chance to know this courageous woman. The artist boldly disregarded norms for her gender and white upper class background to chronicle black life. Her work serves as a starting point for creative inquiry about art’s ability to connect individuals across the color lines.

About the Guest Curator

The work of Barbara Paca, the guest exhibition curator, is enriched by her unique achievements in two different yet complementary worlds. As an art historian, her credentials are numerous, including a PhD from Princeton University, a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Ireland, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. As a creative designer, Paca holds a five year professional degree in landscape architecture and owns a flourishing private practice in Manhattan. Recognized for artistically merging the academic with the natural world, Paca’s designs can be found on some of the world’s most exquisite properties. It is in these environments that she has encountered the work and fascinating, unlikely stories of artists fueled by philosophies well ahead of their time.

Related Programming

African Family Roots: Storytelling with Diane Macklin - Saturday, November 21, 1pm
Opening Day Curator's Talk - Saturday October 10, 2pm

Order the Exhibition Catalog
Click here to order the catalog for Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.

All images ©2015 The estate of Ruth Starr Rose

Presented by Brown Capital Management.

with special thanks to

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This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

September 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016



September 1 – February 29, 2016

This book art exhibit focuses on the Atlantic slave trade. Featuring 10 pieces of art by bookbinder and paper conservator Martha Edgerton and Linnette Copeland, respectively, the exhibit interprets major themes of the transatlantic journey from West Africa to the Americas through unique handmade art. The exhibition is located inside the Resource Center and is open Wednesdays and Fridays, 12pm - 4pm. Call for Saturday hours or to make an appointment. 

August 8, 2015 to December 5, 2015
At Home Among Children by Benny Gool


At Home Among Children by Benny Gool


August 8 – December 5, 2015

Over three momentous decades, Benny Gool, a South African photojournalist, was privileged to chronicle the public and private life of Nelson Mandela. His archive contains tens of thousands of images that portray the inspirational story of one of history’s most respected and compelling leaders.

This exhibition pulls images from that archive. They capture moments that are memorable, historic, intimate, and cherished. Throughout, we also see the infectious humor, grace, and humanity that Mandela indelibly stamped on our lives.

About the Artist
It was in the guise of an anti-apartheid and human rights activist that Gool first picked up a camera to begin documenting the injustices of a divided nation. He went on to capture the inexorable and stirring transition to democracy, the tumultuous truth and reconciliation process, and South Africa’s “homecoming” as a respected member of the global community in which Nelson Mandela was principal.

Capturing images of Mr. Mandela and his homeland has been Gool’s life work which is a time capsule reflecting a defining era in world history, and will echo on its pages for centuries to come. It documents not only one man’s walk to freedom but also that of a nation.

This exhibition was curated by Asantewa Boakeywa.