Ronald N. Sherr

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Ronald N. Sherr's portraits of notable Americans include former presidents, Supreme Court justices, senators and governors as well as leaders in business, medicine, academia and the arts.

His portraits of General Colin Powell and of President George H. W. Bush, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, were presented to the public in December 2012 and in November 1995, respectively. His portrait of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will hang in the Supreme Court, upon Kennedy’s retirement. Sherr’s historic double portrait of the Bush Presidents 41 and 43 (who posed for him at Camp David) hangs at the George H. W. Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

His teaching career spanned twenty-five years, with long tenures at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. Additionally, he has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and conducted painting seminars at the Gallery of San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sherr was born in New Jersey in 1952. He studied at the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey and at the National Academy of Design with Daniel E. Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein, and privately with Burton Silverman. Sherr currently splits his time between his studios in Hong Kong and New York City.

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Selected Commissions & Collections

  • General Colin Powell, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • President George H. W. Bush, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, United States Supreme Court
  • George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, The George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, Texas
  • Among the institutions representing Sherr are the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC; US Department of the Treasury, US Department of Energy and US House of Representatives, all in Washington, DC; Yale University; Princeton University; Duke University; Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy; Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College; The State House, Trenton, New Jersey (official portrait of former Governor James J. Florio); The State House, Boston, Massachusetts (official portrait of Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci).
  • He is also represented in private collections throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Honors & Awards

  • The Hubbard Art Award, The Hubbard Art Museum, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 1991
  • Gold Medal of Honor, Allied Artists of America, 1986
  • Portrait of Andreas Papandreou for cover of Time Magazine
  • Benjamin Altman Figure Prize, National Academy of Design
  • The Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Prize, National Academy of Design
  • Greenshield Foundation grants
  • Stacey Foundation grant