Growing up in Fort Worth, Sedrick Huckaby saw inspiration all around him. Now the assistant professor of art is one of seven winners in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016 hosted by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
"It is definitely a great honor to be one of the artists recognized in a competition that is so highly selective," says Huckaby, who will return to the National Portrait Gallery this summer to lead a discussion about his winning work titled Sedrick, Sed, Daddy. "I'm simply humbled by the experience and look forward to sharing my work with people across the nation." Huckaby left Texas to pursue a B.F.A. at Boston University, followed by an M.F.A. in painting from Yale. A 2008 Guggenheim fellowship and other honors have given him the kind of credentials that catapult artists into international careers, but Huckaby returned to Fort Worth and joined the Department of Art and Art History in 2009. He is the winner of numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.