Whitfield Lovell's work explores the heritage of American and African American culture--the places where they intertwine and the spots in which they tear painfully apart. He beautifully renders black and white portraits on paper and adds ornaments, which indicate where these people existed, and the difficulties they faced. Born in 1959 and schooled at the Cooper Union School of Art and the NYU Graduate Program in Venice, Italy, Whitfield has shown at Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, and The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. He has received a MacArthur Grant, the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, and NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship among other awards. Public collections include the Asheville Art Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Columbus Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.