Join us for an evening with Maine artist and author Robert Shetterly as he highlights and discusses the paintings and process around his "Americans Who Tell The Truth" project.
About "Americans Who Tell The Truth"
Shetterly's "Americans Who Tell The Truth" portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness—those who have stood up, often at their own risk and peril, to ensure this fairness. With a gallery that now includes over 235 portraits, resources for educators, a traveling exhibit—combining art and other media—the project offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth.
About Robert Shetterly
Robert Shetterly was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. At Harvard he took some courses in drawing which changed the direction of his creative life -- from the written word to the image. Also, during this time, he was active in Civil Rights and in the Anti-Vietnam War movement. After college and moving to Maine in 1970, he taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. While trying to become proficient in printmaking and painting, he illustrated widely. For twelve years he did the editorial page drawings for The Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon's children's newspaper Audubon Adventures, and approximately 30 books.
Shetterly's paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake's “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.
His painting has tended toward the narrative and the surreal, however, for more than fifteen years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.
The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.
Thursday evening event details — OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
During this special presentation, part of this year's Artists and Makers Conference, Shetterly will present from his body of work and share his process for how he chooses who to portray.
This evening event is open to the public. Appetizers will be provided.
Friday conference presentation — FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
On Friday, April 5th, from 2:15-3:45 p.m., Shetterly will join visual artist Kenny Cole for the conference session "What is an Artist’s Obligation to Society?" During this session, the two artists will lead a conversation about an artist's role in society—what is an artist’s relationship to culture, marketing, and audience? Details in the conference agenda here.
Conference workshops are open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.
To register, go to the Artists and Makers Conference ticket page, and sign up for the Thursday afternoon pass, or consider joining us for both days of the conference! Prices are $25 for Thursday only, $35 for the full conference day Friday, or $45 for both days.
Ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres on Thursday evening, and a continental breakfast, lunch, fruit, and beverages on Friday.
The evening event with Robert Shetterly is open to the public. The conference workshops are open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.
Contact Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701, or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.