Prettyman, studied Applied Art & Design
at Catonsville Community College, Maryland Institute
College of Art and Fine Art at Morgan State University.
He had been employed as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator
for thirty-nine years for the Department of Health
and Human Services in Baltimore, Maryland. He has
been a guest artist on numerous local, public radio
programs and local television and cable television
shows in the Maryland, Washington, DC area. He has
also given numerous lectures and presentations of
his works to private groups, schools and organizations.
He has been a guest juror and curator for many exhibits.
His works have been exhibited in many Galleries,
Museums and Public Buildings across the country.
Some of the more notable exhibits were the Smith/Mason
Gallery and Museum of Washington, DC, Maryland Institute
College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, Eastern Mennonite
University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Frederick Douglass-Isaac
Myers Maritime Park & Museum, Baltimore, Maryland,
Banneker Douglas Museum, Annapolis, Maryland, Corcoran
Gallery of Art Washington, DC, JVC Jazz Exhibition
, New York, New York, The Jazz Gallery, New York,
New York, Duke University, Durham North Carolina,
New Harlem Renaissance Exhibition, Indianapolis
Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, Charles O. Taylor
Visual Art Center, Hampton, Virginia, just to name
His works are also in the collections
of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Joseph Haller
of the Jesuits Residents of Georgetown University,
Washington, DC, David C. Driskell Center for the
Study of the Visual Arts and Culture, University
of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Mr. Paul
Pierce, Most Valuable Player of the NBA World
Champion Boston Celtics in 2009 and many more.
He has numerous commissions to
his credit, his most significant being a commission
after an exhaustive nationwide search by the firm
of Joseph A. Wetzel Associates, Inc. of Boston
Massachusetts, to create and design for the Jazz
Plaza at the Jazz Museum, an eighteen foot Italian
Tile Floor Mural honoring legendary tenor saxophonist,
Mr. Lester Young of Kansas City, Missouri.
He has always had a love for art
and cannot remember when he has not sketched or
painted. As an artist he never got locked into
a single style, constantly pressing the need to
innovate, trying anything. He stirs things up
and moves them around. You see him here, then
he’s gone. He is always thinking about creating.
The victory is complete when the art and the viewer
embrace as one.
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