How to Participate
We welcome artists wishing to participate. The following are some frequently asked questions. As well as some of our participating artists. Please feel free to contact me for further information or to join our team.
Your artistic contribution is such a positive way to make a difference to the families involved as well as to the cause to eliminate gun violence against children.
What is the project all about?
The Faces project was started by artist, Christine Ilewski. She began painting portraits of children who have died from victims of gun violence in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. It is her hope that by putting a face to these victims, we can raise awareness about gun violence in the USA.
How can I help?
You will be mailed a photo of a child who has died as a result of gun violence and will be asked to make a representational portrait of that child. The portrait ( a representational head and shoulders, size 9″ x 11″) goes to the family as a gift. Send a .jpg file of your portrait for documentation and three xerox copies of your original portrait to Christine to be made into a Face on a handkerchief. These will join our collection of “Faces” for traveling exhibits.
Can I use any medium?
The portrait given to the family should be two dimensional, representational, head and shoulders, 8.5″x11″ in the media of your choice (watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, pastel)
Can I keep the portrait?
No. You will be donating your original portrait to the victim’s family. The “copy” will become a Face on a Handkerchief and will join the traveling exhibition. You will be given credit for this portrait and listed as one of the exhibiting artists.
How long can I keep the photo and work on the portrait?
We ask that you complete the portrait within one month from receiving the photo of the victim.
Where do I send a high resolution JPEG of the finished artwork?
You will be sending a high-resolution JPEG of the finished portrait to:
Christine Ilewski firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I be reimbursed for paint, canvas, art supplies, and postage cost?
Sorry, but we currently don’t have the funding for art supplies and postage costs, but we’re working on getting funding. We appreciate you taking the time, money and talent to do the portrait for the family and adding to the traveling FACES project. Just know that you are doing something to relieve the suffering of the victim’s family as well as helping to raise gun violence awareness.
What happens to the portrait/face?
We will send your original portrait to the victim’s family. Then your portrait interpretation Face may be exhibited in a gallery as we intend to take this project nationally. We are currently expanding the project to other cities.
Do I have to frame the portrait?
No, you are not required to frame your portrait unless you want to. That would be nice. I’m sure the victim’s family would appreciate it.
Can I meet the victim’s family?
Possibly. We plan on having more exhibits of The Faces Project. We invite the artist and the victim’s families to the openings. Please include a business card or your contact information along with your portrait. We will pass your contact information on the victim’s family if you wish.
I know someone whose child was a victim of gun violence. Who do I contact to have their portrait done?
Please have the victim’s family contact Christine Ilewski at email@example.com or Jane Linders at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll match them up with an artist. We would love it if you helped spread the word. All families will be asked to sign a release form (found here in .RTF and .TXT format) that allows us to publicly display the images of their child. No commercial profit will be made from the display. We are asking that all children be under the age of 20 and that the families send a CLEAR photo of their loved one. Blurry images will not be accepted.
Can I sell my portrait?
No. You will be donating your portrait to the victim’s family. We are strictly enforcing that no profit is to be made from the sale of these portraits.
Can I post my portrait on social media?
Yes. Feel free to tweet, facebook, etc the portrait you made. This will help increase public awareness regarding gun violence in this country.