Program of Ceremony: June 22, 2018
Simmie Knox (1935 – ), a native of Washington, D.C., painted the portrait of Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. Knox graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and has specialized in oil portraiture since 1981. Knox exhibited as an abstract artist and worked for the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. during the 1970s. His abstract art was displayed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1971. After years of painting abstract and other art forms, Knox turned full time to portraiture. He has been commissioned by a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a U.S. cabinet member, U.S. congressmen and state senators, a mayor of New York City, other civic and religious leaders, sports and entertainment figures, military officers, businessmen, and private individuals. He painted the portraits of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, unveiled in 2004.
Today, Knox’s work is held in private collections, the U.S. Senate, the White House, and schools, museums, and courthouses across the country.