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Kaskaskia College Hosts Portrait of a Soldier Display in Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery

Kaskaskia College is hosting the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit at the College’s Lifelong Learning Center in the Dr. Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery. 
 
The “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit is a traveling display of hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001 in the Global War on Terror, 288 thus far. Artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon drew the 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 fallen during the Global War on Terror.  The portraits are copies of the original, which has been given to the fallen soldier’s next of kin, and the exhibit travels throughout the state of Illinois.
 
The exhibit will be available to view from September 10 through September 30 during campus hours.  For more information, please call Debbie Jones at 545-3226 or email djones@kaskaskia.edu.
 


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