Humans of Wausau: Community Portraits by Area High School Students


On view through May 22, 2016

Celebrating the diverse stories and individuals that comprise the Wausau community, this exhibition is inspired by the popular Humans of New York. That project aims to capture the diverse, often unnoticed, faces and stories of New York City residents through documentary photographs and oral histories.

Humans of Wausau features portraits by local high school art students who submitted their work in early February. The exhibition includes artwork in a variety of mediums and styles; although varied, each work depicts faces from the Wausau community. Artist statements provide the stories behind the portraits and the sources of inspiration. Wausau Area High School Leadership Program students from Wausau East, Wausau West, D.C. Everest, and Newman Catholic high schools coordinated this exhibition with a goal of giving something creative back to the community. With the help of their high school art educators and Woodson Art Museum staff, students invited peers from their respective schools to submit original portraits they felt would offer viewers insights into the Wausau community from the perspective of high school artists.

Exhibition Highlights

Aaron Wernberg, Vinny Bonino, 2015, photograph
Alicia Lloyd, Self Portrait, 2016, colored pencil
Ellicia Myles, Rev. Tony J. Patterson Sr., 2016, charcoal
Kaomi Yang, (dis)connection, 2015, photograph
Lauren Mulder, Movement, 2016, photograph

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