Oletha DeVane is an accomplished multi-media artist whose paintings, prints, sculpture and video are linked to diverse cultural interpretations of universal myths and the spiritual connections underlying cultures.  She derives her inspiration from her faith, Greek mythology, Yoruba religion and biblical references. DeVane’s interest is in the idiosyncratic ways in which materials create the underlying meaning and her sculptures and prints conceptually link the physical and spiritual world.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Oletha DeVane received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.F.A. in painting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Her first major exhibition was at the Springfield Museum of Art in Massachusetts in 1976.  Since then, her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Maryland and throughout the U.S.  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore commissioned DeVane to create a permanent video installation documenting Maryland’s history of lynching in 2003.


An artist and educator, DeVane, is currently the head of visual arts in the Upper School at McDonogh School in Owings Mills and was honored in 2007 as a recipient of the Rollins/Luktemeyer Chair for Distinguish Teaching.



443.538.6221  •  oletha@olethadevane.com  •   odevane@mcdonogh.org





The Bible Museum, New York City, New York;

Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Dixon Gallery, Washington D.C.

The Cosmos Club

Jackson Fine Arts, Washington D.C.

The Betsy Hotel, Miami, Florida

City Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C.

Gallery, Catonsville Community College, Catonsville, Maryland

Corcoran Gallery-WPA, Washington D.C.

Meyerhoff Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, Maryland

Ceres Gallery, New York, New York


(Purchase Prize) College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, Maryland

Mitchell Gallery St. Johns College, Annapolis, Maryland

WestNorth Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore Maryland

(New Direction in Black Art)

Thurgood Marshall Airport, Anne Arundel, Maryland

Columbia Art Center, Columbia, Maryland

James E.Lewis Museum, Morgan University, Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland

Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland

RFL Museum of African American History and Culture, Baltimore, Maryland


Meyerhoff Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Howard County Center for the Arts, Maryland

Villa Julie College, Maryland

Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University

2013      Ashe to Amen


2013      Noetics

2012      38 Artists

2011      Miami Basel/Global Africa Project

2011      …..Altered Truths/Fractured Myths

2011      Corridor

2011      Femme Fatale

2010      National Juried Exhibition

2010      Sondheim Semi Finalist

2010      National Juried Exhibition


2010      National Juried Draw/Print

2010      The Wine Dark Sea

2009      NuVooDoo

2009      Common Bonds: Mother,

              Daughters, Sisters, Self

2008      Tracks/Trails/Tarmac

2007      Conflict/Peace

2006      Selected Group Exhibition

2006      Collaborations

2005      Collaborations

2005      Witness

             (Video Installation)

2004      Art Scape

2003      Charmopolis

2003      WPA-Select

2002      Arts Maryland

2002      Masks

2001      Kings,Hummingbirds