Faces Not Forgotten Traveling Exhibition
|St. Louis Faces Not Forgotten Project|
2016 theme —Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—
Feb 15, 2016 Deadline to submit portraits
March- Mounting Portraits
April 10-16 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
- Bronzeville Visitors and Information Center- April
- Blueline Gallery- Near North West Arts Council
- Bronzeville Artist Lofts- Phantom Gallery Chicago
Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme —Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.— underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.
Call for artists to paint portraits of children who have died as a result of gun violence in Chicago. It is hoped that putting a face to these victims.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The Faces project was started by artist, Christine Ilewski. She began painting portraits of children in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. You will be mailed a photo of a child who has died as a result of gun violence and will be asked to paint a representational portrait of that child. The portrait (a representational head and shoulders, size 9" x 11", goes to the family as a gift.
Send a jpg file of your portrait for documentation and three xerox color copies of your original portrait to Christine to be made into a Face on a handkerchief. These will join our collection of "Faces" for traveling exhibits.
CAN I USE ANY MEDIUM?
The portrait give to the family should be 2 dimensional, representational, head and shoulders, 8.5 " X 11" in the media of your choice (watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, pastel).
CAN I KEEP THE PORTRAIT?
No. You will be donating your original portrait to the victims family. The "copy" will become on a Face on a Handkerchief and will join the traveling exhibition. You will be given credit for this portrait and listed as one of the exhibiting artists.
CAN I KEEP THE PHOTO?
No, we ask that you return the photo, along with your finished portrait to the family.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP THE PHOTO AND WORK ON THE PORTRAIT?
We ask that you complete the portrait within one month from receiving the photo of the victim.
WHERE DO I SEND THE FINISHED COPIES, JPEG?
You will be sending the color copies of the portrait by mail to:
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
440 E. 47th Street, Room 205
Chicago, IL 60653
Sorry, but we currently don't have the funding for art supplies and postage costs, but we're working on getting funding. We appreciate you taking the time, money and talent to do the portrait for the family and adding to the traveling FACES project. Just know that you are doing something to relieve the suffering of the victim's family as well s helping to raise gun violence awareness.
DO I HAVE TO FRAME THE PORTRAIT?
No you are not required to frame your portrait, unless you want to. That would be nice. I'm sure the victims family would appreciate it.
The portraits will begin touring and exhibiting during Crime Victims' Rights week April 10 - 16 2016 at the Bronzeville Visitors and Information Center, and the Blue Line Gallery in Wicker Park, in May 2016, and at the Phantom Gallery Chicago Loft Gallery in June 2016.
This project is co-sponsored by Ark of St. Sabina, National Brady Campaign,Near North West Arts Council, Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.
Christine Ilewski, is the founder of the Faces Project, and Jane Linders, St Louis Director of the Faces Project.