AWTT & Robert Shetterly at Mt. Mercy University

Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit and artist comes to Mount Mercy University

American artist Robert Shetterly and his "Americans Who Tell the Truth" traveling portrait exhibit will be on Mount Mercy University's campus April 4–7. Shetterly will host a Q&A session and artist talk on April 6, and will join classes during his time on campus to discuss his work.

The portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, the exhibit offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities and the Earth.

"This event is important now more than ever," said Jennifer Schmidt, associate professor of education. "The portraits are all of individuals who have worked to improve their communities, the country and the world."

Two events will be held on April 6. An informal lunch and Q&A with the artist will take place at noon in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. Following, Shetterly will speak formally about the project and the importance of telling courageous stories at 7 p.m., also in Flaherty Community Room.

"Bringing this exhibit to campus will allow our community to see the many ways in which individuals can make a difference in their world," Schmidt said. "Participants will also have the opportunity to gain a more diverse view of activism as they learn the important stories behind the portraits."

Six of Shetterly's portraits will be on display across Mount Mercy's campus for the month of April. A board will placed next to each portrait, encouraging community members to post the names, pictures and stories of people they believe fit Shetterly's view of engaged Americans.

These events are sponsored by grants from Mount Mercy's Cultural Affairs Committee, Sustainability Committee, and David Doerge Race & Gender Lecture Series.


Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends our outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation.


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