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The Art of Andrea Schneider

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 6PM

Portraits of Life in Secret Places

“My art has always been defined by my love of drawing and my focus is the art of portraiture. In 2017 it was my privilege to receive a mentorship from the Portrait Society of America. I used this opportunity to produce a collection of works, Portraits of Faith: Telling Their Story which was exhibited at the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the International Religious Freedom Act, held in New York. These portraits would go on to be featured in the book International Religious Freedom: The Rise of Global Intolerance.
Prior to concentrating on portraiture, I taught elementary school art in Catholic schools for 14 years. I grew up in St Louis where I earned a fine arts degree from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart. Eventually marriage brought me to New Jersey where my husband and I raised our family and where we continue to reside.”

“It is only a few times that anyone has the chance or the will to search the innermost bravery of another human face.” —Christopher Morley

Artist’s Statement about Portraits of Life in Secret Places
Portraits of Life in Secret Places is about celebrating the sanctity of life and honoring God the Author and Creator of all Life. The aim is to consider the human face as a portrait in its earliest stage of life and the challenge is to capture the forms of the face even as they are being formed. It is an honor to exhibit these drawings at The Sheen Center whose mission it is to provide “a forum to highlight the true, the good, and the beautiful.”

The theme of this exhibit is inspired by the text of Psalm 139:13-16:

“For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb…
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place.”

Inspiration from the photography of Lennart Nilsson
Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson fused artistic and scientific virtuosity when he blazed a new frontier in photography with the publication of his images within the womb that appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1965. Taking its audience on a fascinating journey deep inside the human body, these photos ignited a cultural moment that made the issue the fastest selling in LIFE magazine’s storied history. Like many who witnessed these photographs, I was captivated and have been continually inspired by the photographs’ ability to capture the most universal of subjects—our own creation.

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