About Face: Stories in Portraits
Carolyn Egeli, artist
Lynn Heidelbaugh, Curator, National Postal Museum
About Face explores the artist as storyteller. How does an artist develop and arrange the elements of a good story—character, setting, plot, conflict, climax, and resolution—through the format of a portrait? Though we all have a story to tell, what is gained or lost when we are rendered through an artist’s point of view? Do the completed works represent the person we are, the person we strive to be, or the character the artist sees? How do traditional and new media types affect the impact of a portrait? This exhibition highlights portraits that tell a compelling story in a visually interesting way.