(in)sight: a portrait project comes to an end with final art exhibition

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 4/26/2018

Categories: Art English and Writing Students University News


image of art exhibition

Saskia de Rooy, Carroll University’s artist in residence, returned to campus for the third and final time for the (in)sight: a portrait project final exhibition. This year-long interdisciplinary project is supported in part by the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. 

This time around, students, faculty, staff and community members gathered to view the completed exhibition of sculptures, drawings, paintings and their written narratives in a pop-up art gallery located in the Campus Center parking lot. Many of the artists and their models from the project attended the opening reception on Monday, April 23 to view their pieces on display. De Rooy gave an opening welcome and description of the project at the reception surrounded by the Carroll community. 

“Art is about getting people thinking new thoughts. Getting to know someone better is just like adding new knowledge to what you know about someone.” De Rooy adds, “I am sure this project has gotten new thoughts going about each other and ourselves on this campus. This makes me really happy.”

The exhibition will run through April 29. Open hours are as follows: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. View photos from (in)sight: a portrait project, including the final exhibition photos. 

During her January 2018 visit, de Rooy assisted students enrolled in advanced level sculpting, drawing and painting classes as they began their very own semester long portrait projects. This phase of the project brought together over 140 participants including the artists, models and student writers. As the artists completed their sculptures, drawings and paintings throughout the semester, first-year honor students enrolled in the writing seminar course had the opportunity to interview the models, putting a story behind each portrait.

During her fall 2017 visit, Saskia completed her (un)abiding portrait series where she created live sculptures of five Carroll community members. For five days, Saskia spent several hours in the lobby of the Campus Center sculpting the face of a model; the next day, that same piece of clay was used to create a new portrait. This was done to emphasize our common humanity despite surface differences.