Fine Artist & Gallery Owner
Welcome to the website of Luvon Sheppard, a highly regarded RIT Professor and fine artist. With five decades of experience as an artist, teacher and community collaborator, Sheppard has developed a reputation as an inspiring voice and gallery owner in the greater Rochester area.
Entering his 50th year of teaching at RIT, Luvon Sheppard’s career as an artist, educator and community collaborator cannot be summarized in one exhibition. From his early days as a student at RIT’s downtown campus, to his work at Memorial Art Gallery and the Allofus workshop, to his advocacy for RIT City Art Space (formerly known as Gallery r), to the opening of his own Joy Gallery and Studio, to the countless individuals who have benefitted from his mentorship, Sheppard’s creative life continues to grow in himself and within the creative lives he’s affected.