Portrait of a Soldier
This year, the University of Chicago is hosting this exhibit in honor of Memorial Day. The unveiling is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
The Portrait of a Soldier exhibit - which seeks to put faces to the names of the fallen - is comprised of portraits created by artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon, Illinois. The project began when Schilling drew a portrait of fellow Mattoon resident U.S. Army Spc. Charles Neeley after Neeley lost his life in Iraq. Schilling - then a student at Eastern Illinois University - committed himself to drawing a portrait of every Illinois service member killed in the Global War on Terror. Each portrait is lovingly done in Schilling’s evocative style. His efforts caught the eye of then-Lieutenant Governor Quinn, who established the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit in 2004, and began taking the display to venues across Illinois.
If you have any questions regarding logistics of the event, e.g., where to meet, special assistance requests, parking, please contact Maroon Veterans Alliance at email@example.com.