The Lewis is Bringing Jacob Lawrence to Baltimore

Maryland Collectors Partner with the Lewis Museum on New Exhibition

Baltimore, Maryland, August 4, 2017The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is excited to announce its fall 2017 exhibition Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence, on view September 9, 2017 – 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 features a donor and lender reception on September 7, 2017, the 100th anniversary of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000). Other programs and events include a Collector’s Panel September 16th, a Family Day October 7th, and a lecture by David Driskell on November 9th. 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 9th at 10:00am. For a full list of events and programs please visit or follow the Lewis Museum on Instagram and Twitter at @lewismuseum.