In October of 2011, the Bethlehem Fine Arts commission asked thirty citizens from the Bethlehem community to create a self-portrait for a show in the City Hall Rotunda. Only half of the people invited to create a self-portrait were artists. The rest were politicians, educators, business and other community leaders.
The vision for the show began with Richard Redd, professor emeritus at Lehigh University and a highly active figure in area art circles. The show was such a success, the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission decided to have another go at the concept.
This year’s exhibition is being curated by Vince Gentilcore, an associate of Richard Redd. Local artists providing a self-portrait are Tom Burke, Will Christine, Jim DePietro, Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Ryan Hulvat, Sook Kim, Jessica Lee, Nancy Plass, Priscilla Rosenberger, Olga Shaffer, Bob Schantz, Tom Shillea, Karen Steen, Jason Travers, Ricardo Viera, Willem Ystma, and Doug Zucco. Other notable citizens, not known primarily as visual artists, include Earl Bethel, State Senator Lisa Boscola, Lee Butz, Charles Cantalupo, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, Tim Fox, Dave Fry, Dr. Alice Gast, Esther Lee, George Miller/Kate Scuffle, Rev. Anthony Pompa, Linda Robertson, Dave Roper, Dr. Joseph Roy, and Jim Whildin. The self-portraits are widely varied in media and range from humorous to handsome, as well as traditional to computer interactive. (Lehigh University administrators, faculty and staff are in bold)
The portraits will be on display from June 30 through August 26 at the Rotunda Gallery at City Hall in Bethlehem, PA. The exhibition is entitled “Reflections: A Self-Portrait Show” and it will present a unique insight into the participants’ sense of self through portrait art.
Hours for the show are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A reception with the participants will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 2 – 4 pm at the Rotunda.
For more information about the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, click here.