Celebrating a Legacy
The Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard April 20, 2010
by Derek Parks
Since 1978, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has proudly shown works from a large collection of international and Maryland artists at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland, a few miles from the nation’s capital. Through its Arts Program, the university provides a prestigious and wide-ranging forum for emerging and established artists.
UMUC’s Maryland Artists Collections include more than 650 artworks and constitute a comprehensive collection of 20th- and 21st-century Maryland art. The university’s Asian Collections consist of more than 280 pieces of Chinese art, Japanese prints, and Balinese folk art, dating from the Sung Dynasty (960–1279 a.d.) through the 19th century, a historical reach of 10 centuries. The UMUC collection of Japanese prints includes more than 120 prints by 35 artists.
Artworks from the UMUC Maryland Artists Collections and Asian Collections are on display throughout the UMUC Inn and Conference Center, which is open to the public seven days a week and is visited by more than 100,000 students, scholars, and visitors each year.
I have just launched Skewed Patella this year after spending 4 years creating a successful photo business with my good friend. I have been working as a professional photographer in the Washington, DC, area for the past 5 years, although I have been a casual shooter for much longer. I am originally from Boulder, Colorado, but am now living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. I call my company Skewed Patella, which was originally supposed to be my band name. Since I am too old now to be starting a band, I have taken on the name for my photo and video productions.
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