“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Exhibit of 29 portraits opens in Ipswich, MA

Americans Who Tell the Truth, a collection of portraits painted by nationally acclaimed cultural and educational artist Robert Shetterly, will be on public display throughout the town of Ipswich, MA during the month of July 2019. The portraits and accompanying narratives in the Americans Who Tell the Truth series highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. Combining art and other media, the series “offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the earth.” The community engagement project aims to encourage community involvement and discourse around what it means and what it takes to be an engaged and ethical citizen. What is our role and responsibility to uphold our democracy? 

Portraits will be displayed at Zumis, Ipswich Museum, and True North Taproom. Each venue will be open to visitor’s during their regular business hours. Please check the AWTT/Ipswich website for current “open hour” listings. Cultural organizations in town are using the event as a theme for programming during the month of July. Events include dance, music, theater, lectures, and moderated discussions. All events will be posted on the AWTT/Ipswich events page.

In connection with the exhibit and through a generous grant from the Institution for Savings, Shetterly will participate as a visiting artist through the Ipswich Museum. For three days (July 11-13) he will be engaged in a full schedule of art classes and lectures reflecting on using art to speak truth and examining the artist’s role in engaged citizenship. These events will be free although some require registration. Please visit AWTT/Ipswich events page for more information.

AWTT/Ipswich is a group of community members committed to bring the Americans Who Tell the Truth project to Ipswich. Our goal is to create an environment for civil discourse and questioning around courageous citizenry and our individual roles in our democracy.

AWTT portrait of Harriet Tubman
AWTT portrait of Samantha Smtih
AWTT portrait of Chief Joseph Hinmton Yalektit