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12/31/2012 12:13:00 PM
Spfld. Art Association to feature portraiture exhibit

SPRINGFIELD — Portraits allow us to look into the eyes of someone we have never met, someone who might have lived one hundred years ago or on the other side of the world, and learn something about who they are. More than mere reminders of how people looked, portraits represent a collaboration between artist and sitter to express the truth of the subject’s character, and as such are a reminder of our shared humanity. The SAA’s new exhibit, The Stories Behind the Faces, will focus on the human element of portraiture by delving into the biographies of the artists and their sitters. This exhibition will be on view in the Gallery of Art from January 5 to January 25, 2013. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, January 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The ability of portraits to remind us of our shared humanity is true whether the portrait was created two hundred years ago or two weeks ago. In light of this, the exhibition will feature portraits from the SAA’s collection dating back to 1827 alongside contemporary portraits from local and international artists.

Modern contributors to this exhibition include Wendy Allen, Felicia Olin, Bill Crook, Michael Baier, Paul Jurgens, Kari Rajkumar, Erin Svendsen, and Boris Guessel working in acrylic on canvas, oil on canvas, graphite, pastels, mixed media and photography. Examples of artwork from the SAA’s collection include portraits of Lillie Judd, Ninian W. Edwards, and Elizabeth Edwards by George P. A. Healy; a portrait of Vachel Lindsay by Arthur Johnson, a portrait of George T. Palmer by Henry Salem Hubbell, and a portrait of Chief Justice William Farmer by Robert Marshall Root.

The Springfield Art Association’s Gallery of Art is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information contact Erika Holst, Curator of Collections, at 217-523-2631 or by email:collections@

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