On June 12, 2021, Jay Coleman, a world-class painter, and mural artist, will receive the 2021 East Of The River Distinguished Artist Award from ARCH Development. This award is a celebration of the contributions being made by dynamic artists East of the River. As a professional artist and father, Coleman’s sensitivity to the human spirit has enabled him to educate and inspire parents and students alike.
After attending Morehouse College (1994) he returned to DC to further his studies at the Corcoran School of Art, (1999). As a portrait painter, he has been commissioned by presidents of colleges and countries.
As a portrait painter, he has been commissioned by presidents of colleges and countries (Angola, Cape Verde). His portrait of Rosa Parks hung at her memorial service and his murals bring color to many DC schools and communities. In 2015 Coleman unveiled a mural at the National Museum of African Art celebrating the connections between Omani and East African cultures. His Mural of former DC Mayor, Marion Barry was unveiled by DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser and hangs in Ward 8. Recent projects include ongoing community work, a bronze sculpture for Barry Farms Recreation Center, 15 bronze medallions for the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame, and three murals commissioned by the Ellen Degeneres Show. He is currently working on a large bronze sculpture entitled “Loveful Hands” for the Eastern Market metro park (Metrorail station).
Viewers will have the option to see the award presentation via the Anacostia Arts Center Facebook page and in person. In-person seating will be socially distanced and capped at 40 attendees. In-person guests must contact Jess Randolph directly to register to attend the event.
(Source ARCH press release)