November 12, 2018

Art Gallery to host Faces of Kish Nov 14-Dec 11

Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting Faces of Kish, a show featuring portraits of the Kish College community created by Miles Halpern, Assistant Professor of Art at Kish. Faces of Kish runs from November 14 through December 11. There will be a closing reception and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, December 11 at 4:00 pm in the Gallery. The Art Gallery hours for Fall 2018 are Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the closing reception are free and open to the public.

Faces of Kish features watercolor portraits created and complied from August 2017 through November 2018 by Miles Halpern. He has conducted 15-minute portrait sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm on the College’s campus. Various faculty, staff, and students have participated in sessions with Halpern. According to an interview from The Kaleidoscope, Halpern said learned that Kish College is more global than he realized; he’s painted students from Haiti, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, and Mexico.

The portraits are painted with watercolor in a singular color of the subject’s choosing. Watercolor is a unique medium as it offers no opportunity for erasing or editing what could be interpreted as a mistake. Halpern said, “To me, the possibility of failure and risk as well as the short [length of time] imbues each picture with energy and spontaneity, which I feel gives the pictures a charm. They are not perfect and neither are we, and the imperfections help to give the sitters individuality, attitude, and extra emotion.”

Halpern estimates there will be over 170 completed works in the show. He hopes that this tribute will, “help create a visual of the Kish community, and help us to appreciate each other.” He continued, “Kishwaukee College has given me a lot, and I wanted this project to be a way to give back, to be inclusive, and to help tell our community’s story through portraits of its people.”

For more information on Faces of Kish in the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery, contact Kimberly Jordal at

Interview Source: West, Sophie (2017, October 10). “Capturing Our School’s Diversity In Watercolor.” The Kaleidoscope, Retrieved from