Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell The Truth

portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.

By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth.


Speaking Truth to Youth

We are excited to announce the launch of our short-video series "Speaking Truth to Youth." AWTT's Director of Education, Connie Carter, is interviewing portrait subjects about influential experiences in their youth and advice for young activists.

Support a doc on Rob Shetterly

Award-winning filmmaker, Richard Kane, is making a documentary about Robert Shetterly and Americans Who Tell the Truth. To learn more got to

The Samantha Smith Challenge

Thinking about participating in the Samantha Smith Challenge this year? Guidelines for the 2020/21 will be posted soon. Preview last year's guidelines and resources now



Most Recent Portraits

Our full gallery now includes over 240 portraits of American truth-tellers. You can browse the full gallery. Or just begin your exploration by linking to a few of the most recent additions to the series here. 

Also, check out our newest collection of videos: Speaking Truth to Youth.  Some of our inspiring living portrait subjects share their insights on activism.  


  • The BTS Center Summer Arts Series

    Hosted by The BTS Center

    In partnership with Americans Who Tell the Truth, The BTS Center's first online gathering in their 2020 Summer Arts series will feature presentations by visual artist Rob Shetterly and indigenous environmental scientist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer, as well as some music.

  • Americans Who Tell the Truth @ Charlottesville

    Hosted by Americans Who Tell the Truth

    Portraits L-R: John Lewis, Kelsey Juliana, Michelle Alexander, Nicole & Jonas Maines, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, & Diane Wilson A major exhibit of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits opened in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-January 2020.

  • Robert Shetterly: The Role of Education in a Democracy

    Waterville, ME
    Hosted by AWTT

    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.

  • SUNY Polytech Artist's Talk

    SUNY Poly

    Join Robert Shetterly to hear stories about what inspires the artist and how his series of paintings came to be. Be inspired bythe remarkable truth tellers he has studied and painted. Gannett Gallery, SUNY Poly campus, 2 p.m., November 7, 2019. Exhibit runs from October 21 to December 13.

  • Robert Shetterly at the Active Bystanding and Caring Communities Symposium

    Gorham, Maine
    Hosted by University of Southern Maine

    We are looking forward to the Active Bystanding and Caring Communities Symposium at University of Southern Maine on Thursday and Friday., October 24 and 25. Here is the schedule of events AWTTwill be participating in.

  • Rest in Power, Kevin Zeese (1955 - 2020)

    Activist Kevin Zeese's partner Margaret Flowers has writtena short tribute to her late husband, re-published byCommon Dreams. "Kevin fought to bring truth every day.

  • Marian Wright Edelman Steps Down, and a New Generation Takes Over

    Marian Wright Edelman, 81, took to the streets this summer, joining millions of people around the country in protesting police brutality after the killing of George Floyd.

  • Ida B. Wells Honored by Union Station Mosaic

    Washington, D.C.

    Union Station, Washington, D.C. August 24-28, 2020 "Anna Laymon, Women's Suffrage Centennial CommissionExecutive Director, toldCNN, 'What we are able to do with this art installation is that we can show the depths of this movement.

  • New Post Cards in Stock: Order today!

    We are pleased to announce that we now have in stock postcard-sized reprints of some favorite AWWT portraits: Civil rights leaderJohn Lewis Worker advocateAi-jen Poo Civil rights activistFannie Lou Hamer Homeless advocateMurphy Davis FolksingerWoody Guthrie GO HERE TO ORDER NOW

  • For Three Suffragists, a Monument Well Past Due

    N.Y., N.Y.

    Across the country, monuments honoring racist figures are being defaced and toppled. In New York’s Central Park, one statue is taking shape that aims to amend not only racial but also gender disparities in public art: