About the Artists
Portraits by Simmie Knox
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos commissioned world-renown portrait artist Simmie Knox to paint four portraits as part of the Trailblazers initiative. A graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Simmie Knox has specialized in oil portraiture since 1981. He has taught at various universities and schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He has worked for the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. and participated in the Thirty-Second Biennial of Contemporary American Painting at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. with his abstract art.
Knox has been commissioned by private individuals, organizations and institution and he has painted portraits of several high-profile public figures, including Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the official White House portraits of the Clintons. He was the first African American painter to be commissioned to paint an official White House portrait.