Sunday, June 15, 2014

See the Portrait of a Solder Exhibit in Bishop Hill - now through June

The Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit opened June 1, 2014,  as part of a statewide tour; it will remain on display at the Bishop Hill State Museum until July 1, 2014. It features hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 men and women from Illinois who have died in service of the country since 9/11/01.
The museum is open
Wed - Sun, 9 - 5

Portrait of a Solider was started when Artist Cameron Schilling, of Mattoon, drew his first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley's parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has died during the Global War on Terror. 

The portraits in the traveling show are copies of the originals, which have been given to the next of kin of those soldiers who have fallen.