TheUniversity of Maryland University Center in Adelphi has broken ground on the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard. The $6 million, 5,500-square-foot gallery is slated to open in September 2009. The Leroy Merritt Center will be on the east side of the university’s Inn and Conference Center. It will include a light-infused gallery and an indoor sculpture garden, both opening onto a spacious reception area. The gallery will display Sheppard’s paintings, on loan and in rotating exhibits. The architect is James Grieves.