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Person of Interest: A Symposium

Works by (from left) Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marisol, and Judith Shea are on view at Sheldon in the exhibition Person of Interest through July 3, 2021.

The genre of portraiture has a substantial history in art making. Artists and viewers have found portrayals of the human form to be especially evocative because the body, even when abstracted, can convey a wide range of meanings. How one chooses to present oneself — in dress, adornment, gestures, or movement — communicates powerful messages about one's identity.

Sheldon Museum of Art invites University of Nebraska–Lincoln students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals for short papers and creative projects, in any media, that explore the complexities involved in the simultaneous construction and performance of one's identity for “Person of Interest,” a symposium related to the similarly titled exhibition. Proposals are due February 1, final presentations and projects will be featured on Sheldon’s website beginning March 19, and the museum will host a round-table discussion and reception on April 2, 2021.

For more information, see the call for proposals.