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Information about PortraitofAmerica

Published on July 13, 2016

Author: AnndeVona

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2. Who are wE? How do we think of ourselves? How do we dress, walk, talk? Detroit, Hartford, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Santa Barbara. As a country we face challenges. We draw from our past. We are challenged by the new. We must reinvent ourselves to face the future. Cover: Katie Ezell, Student

3. Mr. Raymond Hopkins (Hoppie) Retired and Proud

4. Will Devonta Kisses His Mom

5. the event Created by NY-based, nationally renowned photographer Joe Standart, Portrait of America is a series of site-specific public art exhibitions exploring universal issues and crossing the four geographic regions of our country. The first exhibition took place in New London, Connecticut transforming the downtown district into a vibrant video and photo exhibition, which came to life in the city streets, train and ferry stations, cultural institutions, workplaces, and galleries. The result was a continuously evolving, living Portrait, energized by the community’s connections to and within it. Designed not merely to adorn the city, but also to celebrate it, Portrait brought together art and community development to enrich the cultural experience of New London and invigorate the city’s public spaces, inspiring and challenging us to see our neighbor and our community in a different light, perhaps with more understanding and compassion. This exhibit created an invisible umbrella that turned the entire city into a gallery, served as a catalyst for economic growth in the business and arts communities, and sparked social change by promoting greater awareness and understanding. The overwhelming response of the community and the media helped Standart realize that he had captured an essence and lead to his desire to create a series of projects in the four disparate regions of the country that when united create a Portrait of America. Additional exhibitions are planned for Detroit, three linked regions of Connecticut, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Santa Barbara. The project The process begins as Standart works closely with community organizations to depict through portraiture the full range of our increasingly diverse urban and rural environments. The goal of each portrait is to discover and honor the individual’s innate dignity. The exhibition is then constructed of monumental images each trumpeting the self-worth of dozens of individuals. The penetrating portraits are of legislators and activists, servicemen and delinquents, farmers and shopkeepers, factoryworkersandunionleaders.Theimagesconfronttheirviewerwithexpressions thatareattimescontemplativeordetached,amusedormilitant,insecure,searching, or simply content. Standart helps us see the universality of the human experience, the loves, joys, disappointments, and struggles common to us all. While the images reference civic hardship, crumbling infrastructure and crippling urban or rural demise, the images illuminate our inherent sense of dignity, pride, and well-being The opening events reach into many segments of the subject communities encouraging entrepreneurs, musicians, students, waitresses, and art lovers to come together in a celebration of who they are – a celebration of life. Firemen artists chemists window washers legislators activists power brokers thrift store shoppers servicemen delinquents trendsetters students truckers Standart asked himself, “How can I use my skills as a photographer to inspire, change, and make a ­difference?” His answer is Portrait of America.

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7. the community impact The Americans for the Arts, the countries leading arts advocate group based in Washington DC, has shown in countless studies that the arts have a major sustainable impact on communities stimulating economic growth and fostering civic pride. They have proven time and again that for every dollar spent on producing such projects, eight dollars are returned directly to the community. Portrait of America highlights the positive role the arts play in sustaining vigorous constructive communities and the important role individuals and corporations have in sustaining the arts. The project’s reach is greatly extended by leveraging the web and has a presence on numerous social networking sites engaging the country’s major ethnic and social groups. Community outreach and inclusion are critical to achieving Standart’s vision as made clear through the Project’s New London program with the local public school systems, “Self-Awareness through Self-Portraiture.” This engages students in the discovery of their own creativity and voice, providing them with solid marketable media skills. The students’ work will be included in the exhibition allowing the Project to reach deeper into the fabric of the community with a positive message and outlet. “To capture these images and to make them available for all the public to study and appreciate is a special gift that Joe Standart is giving our community.” Patrick Gilbert Senior Vice President Bank of America “My initial reaction of the New London project was WOW!” Gaston Daumy Latin Network for the Visual Arts Keven DeShields, Boxer

8. the exhibitions Portrait of America interacts with the public on many levels. It starts with the act of creating the pictures; Standart digs deep into the many diverse population groups that make up our com- munities to find his subjects. Then with over 80 images and video displays in the city center, he presents his work back to the community for all to see and contemplate. Five interactive, site specific exhibitions are anticipated around the country. New LondonDetroit SANTA BARBARA DETROIT HARTFORD MINNEAPOLIS NEW ORLEANS

9. Sarah Frasher Views Her Portrait Connecticut Detroit New London

10. Chris and Margarida Clouet portrait of america Portrait of America is a monumental photographic essay and exhibit that explores vital issues of contemporary American society. While Portrait is created in four diverse regions of the country (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West), it is intended to reveal the nation as a whole. The Project illuminates specific sociological facets of life in America — SELF, HOME, WORK, and PLAY — at the turn of the millennium. Each segment will culminate in a larger-than-life exhibition intended to draw attention to the issues revolving around its respective theme. At their completion the four segments will be combined into one expansive show to tour the United States and abroad following its debut in Washington, DC. “Through its ambitious scope and innovative design, Portrait Of America helped New London to flourish and be known as a center for arts and cultural interests.” Andrea L. Stillman Senator State of Connecticut

11. George Clark, Artist

12. Matt and Season Cadis, Expectant Family

13. an exhibition & public art event by joe standart Portrait of America is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and other prominent arts organizations. © All images copyright Joe Standart 2008 the artist Joe Standart is a widely acclaimed photographer and internationally known artist, whose print and TV campaigns have won awards from The Andys, the One Show and many others. His fine art photography has been exhibited widely and is in the collections of many private collectors and museums. His passion for photography and for social issues lead to his monumental public art exhibition/event: Portrait of a City, The New London Project,which was widely covered by the press including The New York Times and ABC News. It is the genesis of Portrait of America. He began his career in 1974 shooting for National Park Service in Alaska creating imagery for books, magazines and a national traveling exhibition. Joe worked with The Nature Conservancy to create Tidelands, a photo essay on the lower Connecticut River. Joe has published three books. He was a founding director of Photographers and Friends United Against Aids, a director of the Florence Griswold Museum, and of the Advertising Photographers of America. He lives with his wife and two children in New York City. Paul, Sylvia, and Anneliese Lapides

14. www.portraitofamerica.org S E L F Gardener, Steele, and King, U.S. Navy Seamen $10.00 • design:smizerperry This show will literally require viewers to walk through downtown New London to see it … that’s what is so unique about it. The New York Times A visit to New London these days is like strolling through an art gallery — all city residents glowing with pride. The Boston Globe Portrait Of America enriches and invigorates the visitors’ and residents’ experience… inspiring, informing and challenging us to see our surroundings and our neighbors more clearly and with a compassion informed by his art. Jennifer S. Aniskovich -Executive Director Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

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