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KC Art Gallery to host 'Faces of Kish'

Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting "Faces of Kish," a show featuring portraits of the KC community created by Miles Halpern, assistant professor of art at Kish. Pictured is Halpern conducting a portrait of David Gommel, coordinator of maintenance services at the college. "Faces of Kish" runs through Dec. 11.
Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting "Faces of Kish," a show featuring portraits of the KC community created by Miles Halpern, assistant professor of art at Kish. Pictured is Halpern conducting a portrait of David Gommel, coordinator of maintenance services at the college. "Faces of Kish" runs through Dec. 11.

Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting "Faces of Kish," a show featuring portraits of the KC community created by Miles Halpern, assistant professor of art at Kish.

"Faces of Kish" runs through Dec. 11. There will be a closing reception and 50th Anniversary Celebration at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 in the gallery. The Art Gallery hours for fall are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the closing reception are free and open to the public.

"Faces of Kish" features watercolor portraits created and complied from August 2017 through November 2018 by Miles Halpern. He has conducted 15-minute portrait sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the college’s campus. Various faculty, staff and students have participated in sessions with Halpern. According to an interview in The Kaleidoscope student newspaper, Halpern said he learned that Kish College is more global than he realized; he’s painted students from Haiti, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon and Mexico.

The portraits are painted with watercolor in a singular color of the subject’s choosing. Watercolor is a unique medium as it offers no opportunity for erasing or editing what could be interpreted as a mistake.

"To me, the possibility of failure and risk as well as the short [length of time] imbues each picture with energy and spontaneity, which I feel gives the pictures a charm," he said in a news release. "They are not perfect and neither are we, and the imperfections help to give the sitters individuality, attitude and extra emotion.”

Halpern estimates there will be more than 170 completed works in the show. He hopes this tribute will “help create a visual of the Kish community, and help us to appreciate each other.”

“Kishwaukee College has given me a lot, and I wanted this project to be a way to give back, to be inclusive, and to help tell our community’s story through portraits of its people,” Halpern said in the release.

For more information on "Faces of Kish" in the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery, contact Kimberly Jordal at kjordal@kish.edu.

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