American artist Ronald Sherr
American artist Ronald Sherr

Ronald Sherr (1952-2022) studied at the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey and at the National Academy of Design with Daniel E. Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein, and privately with Burton Silverman. He passed away Wednesday, December 7.

From his family:

Our beloved Ron,
who filled our lives
with art, love and laughter
has passed away.

His rich legacy will live on for generations.
We shall treasure the memories
and images he has left us with,
for the rest of our lives.

~May he Rest in Peace~
Love to all,
Lois & Alex

His portraits of notable Americans include former presidents, Supreme Court justices, senators, and governors as well as leaders in business, medicine, academia, and the arts. Sherr is one of the few artists to receive the Hubbard Art Award ($250,000) from the Hubbard Art Museum in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

A detail from Robert Sherr's portrait of Colin Powell painted for the National Portrait Gallery
A detail from Robert Sherr’s portrait of Colin Powell painted for the National Portrait Gallery

His teaching career spanned twenty-five years, with long tenures at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League (ASL) of New York. The ASL published an interview with Ronald Sherr and Stephanie Cassidy in 2020. When asked what quality he admires most in other artists, Sherr said, “While there are those who seem gifted with an inherent, inexplicable talent (in any of the arts for that matter), it is usually hard work and a driving, serious commitment that brings out the best in any artist.”


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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. In ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS. That in his years here, Ron received such support. Not many of us do! Most of my art career has been doing my BEST, and HOPING for the miracle!
    God bless! Betty J Billups


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