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Artist donates Breonna Taylor portrait proceeds for UofL scholarships – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

A New York based artist who created an iconic portrait of Breonna Taylor is donating proceeds from its sale to the Louisville community.

Amy Sherald will present the gift Sunday at a ceremony at the University of Louisville. It will help fund undergraduate scholarships and a Law Fellowship in Taylor’s memory.

The portrait was featured on the September 2020 cover of Vanity Fair, six months after Louisville Metro Police Department officers shot and killed Taylor in her home.

Its first public screening took place at Speed ​​Art Museum in Louisville last year, as the centerpiece of the Promise, Remembrance Witness exhibition in honor of Taylor.

The Speed ​​Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC have since jointly acquired the paintingthanks to a $1 million gift from the Ford Foundation and the Heartland Foundation.

Sherald presents the gift after the Breonna Taylor Lecture on Structural Inequality, where she will also receive the Darryl T. Owens Award for Community Service. The conference can be streamed inhabit 15 hours

Aprile Rickert is WFPL’s health reporter.