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About Me

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OLETHA DeVANE is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist who explores diverse political, social identities and cultural interpretations. She is a passionate advocate for arts education.  Her work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in the United Arab Emirates. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum commissioned her to create a permanent video installation documenting Maryland’s history of lynching. The piece was inspired by an earlier silent video installation of the same subject at Maryland Art Place (2002). Her work is in permanent museum collections and she has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Museum of the Bible in NY, Museum of the Americas, DC.  Born in Baltimore, DeVane received a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and M.F.A. from the University of Mass, in Amherst. Articles about her work have appeared in issues of the B’more Art Magazine, JHU’s periodical in MD. and Washington Post. She is among the first African-American artists invited to be an Artist-in-Residence in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was an Artist in Residence, Banff, Canada and Lecce in Italy.  All of her travel and research informs her work. She lives in Ellicott City, MD with her family where she maintains her studio. 

She has been involved in the Baltimore arts community as an exhibiting artist, arts administrator, curator and educator in the arts. She has served on several boards including Maryland Art Place, School 33 visual arts panels, vice-chairperson of Wide Angle Community Media, a non-profit youth media organization in Baltimore and The Build Haiti Foundation. She was the Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist (1979-92) and Visual Arts programs (1990-92).  

An artist and educator, Ms. DeVane, is currently the Director of Tuttle Gallery and the former head of visual arts in the Upper School at McDonogh School in Owings Mills.  She was honored in 2007 as a recipient of the Rollins/ Luetkemeyer Chair for Distinguish Teaching.  Ms. DeVane is the recipient of 2017 Ruby Foundation Grant, Art Matters Fellowship, NY in recognition of her work involving communities for social change. She is also a Sondheim Semi -Finalist (2011) and exhibited works at the Meyerhoff Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art.

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