Joseph Sheppard was born in Baltimore County and lives and works in Baltimore City. Sheppard was trained at the Maryland Institute College of Art and as a Guggenheim Traveling Fellow in Florence, Italy. He is a world-renowned artist, sculptor, and author. There is a permanent gallery of his work at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD. He has won numerous awards from many organizations, including the Allied Artists of America and the National Sculpture Society.
Sheppard’s works are displayed in museums around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. His portrait of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush hangs in the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. In Baltimore, his statue of Pope John Paul II is the centerpiece of a prayer garden at Charles and Franklin Streets on the grounds of the Baltimore Basilica and his Holocaust Memorial sculpture is located in the 500 block of East Lombard St.