Baltimore-based visual artist James Phillips meticulously produces colorful works of art that broaden one's understanding of African aesthetics, patterns, and symbols by incorporating these cultural references into contemporary compositions. He describes himself as a product of the Black Power movement, which encouraged African American artists to create works that reflected pride in their history and culture. His works are in many public and private collections throughout the United States. Phillips received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and is an associate professor of art at Howard University.

Funding for this project was provided by the Wolpoff Family Foundation; Maryland State Arts Council; Friends of the Arts Program; and Eva J. Allen, PhD, and Nicholas H. Allen, DPA.

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Exhibition Dates

January 15–April 16, 2017

Exhibition Hours

9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily


UMUC Arts Program Gallery, Lower Level
University of Maryland University College
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783 | Directions