Born: March 2, 1960, West Palm Beach, FL

Education: BA Studio Arts, University of Maryland at College Park, 1984




2013   New Directions, Sol Studio, New York City

2012   Featherstone Art Center, Pebble Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

2011   Common Threads, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

2007   Mood and Moment, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

2006   Power and Purpose, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

2005   Hot Fun in the Summertime, ZZaj Gallery, New York City

2004   Fascinating Rhythms International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

2002   Recent Works, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

2001   Main Street Communications, Washington, DC

1999   International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

Monotypes & Pulp Paintings, Greenbelt Federal Courthouse, Greenbelt, MD

1998 Recent Works, Camille Love Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1997   Explorations & Celebrations, University of Maryland, University College Arts

Program Gallery, College Park, MD

1996   Reminiscing, Camille Love Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1995   Recent Works Bagit Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994   The Governor’s Club of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL

Ascension Gallery, Washington, DC

1993   Rememberence: Negro League Baseball, Sumner School Museum &

Archives. Washington, DC

Hughley Gallery & Objects, Atlanta, GA

1992   Pelloon Gallery. Washington, DC

Spiral Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

1985   Arena Players Gallery, Baltimore, MD




2015   Black but not all Black. September Gray Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2014   Tradition Redefined: Brenda & Larry Thompson Collection (Traveling Exhibition) Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, Georgia State Museum, Athens, GA and David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD.

Forty Four, An Inaugural Exhibition. International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC

2013   Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts. David C. Driskell Center,

University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Traveling Exhibition)

2012   Collaboration: Preston Sampson & Tim Davis, Levine School of Music, Washington, DC

Royal Blues Line: DC to NY, Cross Section: Kenkeleba Gallery. New York, NY

2011   The Art of Giving Back. Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts. New York, NY

2008   Highlights: From the David C. Driskell Center Permanent Collection, David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Reflective Interludes, Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD

2007   Dialogue with Color: Kevin Cole & Preston Sampson. Whitespace Gallery, Winston

Salem, NC

Continuum: Innovative Prints from Pyramid Atlantic, 1997-2007. Pyramid Atlantic.

Silver Spring, MD

Ten. Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition. International Visions Gallery. Washington, DC

Beneath the Surface. The Bolivian Hall of the Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela. Washington, DC

2006   Color Sense and Sequence: Preston Sampson, Susan Goldman and Kevin Cole.

Legacy Fine Art Group. Bethesda, MD

Eye Candy. Gallery Guichard. Chicago, IL

2005   Collaboration as a Medium: 25 Years of Pyramid Atlantic. (Traveling Exhibition) Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC. And Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2004   Fusion One

2003   Sheroes & Wonder Women: Celebrating Women who Make A Difference. Lyda Moore

Merrick Gallery. Durham, NC

On Common Ground: Two and Three Dimensional Art – Paintings, Photography and Sculpture. Millennium Arts. Washington, DC

2002   Successions: Prints by African American Artist from the Jean & Robert Steele

Collection. University of Maryland Art Gallery. College Park, MD

Rhythm & Blues: Preston Sampson & Kevin Cole. Sandler Hudson Gallery. Atlanta, GA

2001   African American Museum. Dallas, TX

Crosscurrents 2001: The Works of Pyramid Atlantic. University of Maryland Art Gallery. College Park, MD

Dell Pryor Gallery. Detroit, MI

2000   Autumnal Equinox. Iandor Fine Arts. Newark, NJ

Colors. Black Fine Art Exhibition, Navy Pier. Chicago, IL

1999   African American Museum. Dallas, TX

Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair. Baltimore, MD

Thelma Harris Gallery. White Linen Nights. Oakland, CA

1998   Critical Discoveries. Artist Museum. Washington, DC

1997   Absolut Expressions. Miami, FL

Aphrodisiac. Ascension Gallery. Washington, DC

Have A Cigar Box. Camille Love Gallery. Atlanta, GA

1996   Texaco Presents Olympic Sports Art. King Plow Arts Center. Atlanta, GA

1993   Portraits, Spirits and Black Sacred Music: Schroeder Cherry-Preston Sampson.

James E. Lewis Museum. Morgan State University. Baltimore, MD

1992   Lockhart & Pettus Gallery: Verna Hart & Preston Sampson. New York, NY

Pelloon Gallery, Washington, DC

Spiral Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Pelloon Gallery, Washington, DC

1990   Pelloon Gallery, Washington, DC

1981   Aspirations. Preston Sampson & Duane Graves. Nymburu Cultural Center.

University of Maryland. College Park, MD



Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs

Bank of America

Yale University

Washington DC Convention Center

DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities

African American Museum of Art, Dallas TX

National Education Association, Washington DC

Absolut Vodka


David C. Driskel Center, University of Maryland

University of Maryland Athletic Department

University of Colorado Library of Books and Prints, Boulder CO

Montreaux Atlanta Music Festival

Modern Woodmen Park, Quad Cities Riverbandits baseball club, IA

Palm Beach County Arts Council

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Crowwell & Moring LLP

Larry & Brenda Thompson

Al & Michelle Christian

Ronald & Patricia Walters

Darell Walker

Peggy Cooper Cafritz

Samuel L. Jackson

Maya Angelou

Robert & Jean Steele




Dybis, Karen. A trip to Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum delights with new

exhibits, fresh ideas, new hope, The Detroit Hub, January 25, 2013

Jenkins, Mark, A Days Work. Washington Post, July 15, 2011

Patterson, Tom. New Space, New Faces: Artists from Washington and Atlanta

showing unusual works at gallery in downtown loft. Winston Salem Journal.

March 18, 2007

Mowry. Lisa. Where The Art Is. Better Homes and Gardens – Bedroom & Bath.

Summer 2002

Childs, Adrian. Method and Mission. Exhibition Catalog. Successions: Prints by

African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection. 2002

Playbill Magazine. Featured cover artist. The Kravis Center for the Performing

Arts, West Palm Beach, FL. October 2001

Brown-Hardman, Della. Art Exhibit at Craven Gallery Features Wide Variety, African

Themes. Vineyard Gazette, September 19, 2000

Savage, Wayne. A Stroke of Genius: Painter shares hue-mongous talents with county

schools and arts center. Prince George’s County Gazette. May 20, 1999

Protzman, Ferdinand. 4 Artists at Greenbelt Courthouse. Washington Post. March

18, 1999

Protzman, Ferdinand. Critical Discoveries. Washington Post. August 6, 1998

Montreux Music Festival Atlanta 1998. Featured cover artist.

The International Review of African American Art. A Comprehensive Guide to

Collecting African American Art, 1998

Butters, Patrick. 2 Artists find Absolut Enjoyment using famous ad as subject.

Washington Times, April 19, 1998

Schwan, Gary. Preston Sampson: An Artist on the Rise. Palm Beach Post, October

5, 1997

Salerno, Heather. Art and the Bottle. Washington Business, Washington Post. September

1, 1997

Black Enterprise Magazine. Absolut Expressions, Absolut Sampson, September


Oda, Ken. Explorations and Celebrations. Ken Oda’s Newsletter (KOAN). March


Protzman, Ferdinand. The Strength of Sampson. Washington Post. February 22,


McMillan, Terri. Mama. Featured Cover Artist. Book of the Month Club. 1997

Thomas, LaVonn. Artist Celebrates Culture in Display. Prince George’s Journal.

February 6, 1997

McGee, Celia. Full House. Town & Country Magazine. November 1995

Murphy, Anthony. Portfolio. American Visions Magazine. August-September


Jenkins, Brian. Negro baseball Hall of Fame. America’s Black Forum. March


Playbill Magazine. Featured cover Artist. The Kravis Center for the Performing

Arts. West Palm Beach, FL. October 1994

Cryer, Michael. Major League Baseball, Past and Present, An Artist View. WJTV

(ABC) On Time. May 1994

Smithsonian Institute Associate Magazine. Featured cover artist. Pittsburgh

Crawford. February 1994

Dorsey, John. Two artists peer inside black experience: Portraits, Spirits and Black

Sacred Music. Baltimore Sun. November 15, 1993

Cafritz, Peggy Cooper. Best Bet. Remembrance: Negro Baseball Leagues. Sumner


Museum & Archives. WETA (PBS) Around Town. September 1993

Cooper, J.J., Childhood Tales Inspire Negro Leagues Exhibit. Atlanta Journal

Constitution, August 21, 1993

Stinnett, Donna. An Eye for Art. The Gleaner, Henderson, KY. February 16,


Jefferson, Stebbins. Celebrating Black Life on Canvas. Palm Beach Post. November

24, 1991




2002   Prince William County Public Schools, Artist in Residency

Artworks, Designs in Glass Bus Shelter Project, Arlington County Cultural Affairs

2001   Graham Park Middle School. Artist in Residence

Maryland Capital Park & Planning Arts in Education Residency

2000   Prince George’s Arts Council, Arts in Education Residency

1999   Prince George’s Arts Council, Arts in Education Residency Collaboration: Journey of

the Drum

Rockledge Elementary School, Bowie MD. Mural @ 22’ x 8’

Prince George’s Arts Council Educator of the Year

Maryland Capital Park & Planning Arts in Education Residency

1998   Prince George’s Arts Council Grant. Hunting Mediums: Painting – Printmaking

1997   Prince George’s Arts Council, Arts in Education Residency

2000 Prince George’s Arts Council, Art