Robert Shetterly: The Role of Education in a Democracy

Thomas College, Waterville, ME
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 3 - 4:30 pm

Join artist Robert Shetterly for a community session open to the public. The community session will pose the following question: What is the role of education in a democracy?

Robert will ask attendees to create personal quotes in response to their concerns and challenges related to this question. He will share why he creates the work that he does and the connection to the people depicted in his work. He will highlight practical examples from his previous workshops for how teachers can explore these questions with their students.

Robert Shetterly is an American artist, best known for his portrait series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth." Shetterly set out to paint Americans who inspired him. He initially intended to paint only 50 portraits, but by 2019 over 240 portraits can be found in the series. Portions of the series tour widely across the United States, being shown in schools, museums, libraries, galleries and other public spaces – including Thomas College.

A book titled "Americans Who Tell the Truth," written and illustrated by Shetterly, won the International Reading Association's Intermediate—Nonfiction award for 2006, and the nonprofit Children's Book Council listed it among the "2006 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.” Shetterly lives in Brooksville, Maine.