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Copeland: Honoring the Work of Victorine Quille Adams

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Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, comments on the achievements of Victorine Quille Adams who was, among many other things, the first African-American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. 

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Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, has a lifelong passion for art, culture and history. Copeland has served as a senior museum professional for nearly 30 years at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, where she worked for 15 years. At the Walters where she served as Director of Education and Deputy Director of Audience Engagement, she led the Education Division that was the recipient of local and national awards for its creative and innovative programs. A member of both museum’s senior management teams, she worked steadily to craft a team-based approach within the museum for exhibition and program development, and led the museum’s efforts to evaluate the exhibition and program experience. In 2011 she discovered, in a Baltimore antique shop, a heretofore unknown and rare photograph (c.1872 -1878) of African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. At the Lewis Museum she recently curated the special exhibitions, Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist. She is also a curator of private collections, a museum consultant, and a Peer Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In 2018, Copeland was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), to represent Baltimore County. Copeland has been an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Johns Hopkins Museums Studies Program. She is an Adjunct Professor at Towson University where she has taught an interdisciplinary course on The Harlem Renaissance since 2007.