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Everyday People: The Art of David Lenz

Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The paintings of Shorewood, Wisconsin, artist David Lenz reveal the inherent beauty of everyday people—from central city children to rural dairy farmers to people with developmental disabilities. How does the artist tell their story? Who is regarded as "significant" in America today?

Lenz won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery's 2006 portrait competition and a commission to paint a portrait for its permanent collection. Lenz talks about the gallery's selection process for the commission and the different areas of his work.

Presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, this Academy Evening talk was recorded at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Sept. 27, 2007, by Wisconsin Public Television


David Lenz's paintings—whether of African American children in Milwaukee or a Sauk County dairy-farm family—explore the particular circumstances of individuals in their respective environments. His paintings, replete with breathtaking skill and warm humanity, have been described as unflinching in their detail and realism.

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