The Eyes Have It

April 25 – October 5, 2008 —

A small group of portraits, selected by visitors to MONA in early 2008, form the inspiration for short written comments contributed by various individuals about the artworks. This unique exhibition features images of men, women, and children, old and young, in a variety of different styles and media. Paula Day, Eulabee Dix, Elizabeth Dolan, Frank Rinehart, and Joseph Ruffo are among several artists whose differing styles of portraiture reflect time, place, and culture. From miniature portraits to photographs and paintings to mixed media sculpture, there is sure to be a portrait that catches YOUR eye.

A small gallery exercise allows viewers a chance to engage with the artwork by looking for deeper connections with the subjects of the portraits. With several commentaries about each piece, visitors learn just how very differently we all view and perceive a work of art.