The Pandemic Portraits - Nicholas Hill
February 8 – April 9, 2021
Public webinar: Thursday, February 11 at 3:00p
Webinar link TBD
This exhibition previews Nicholas Hill’s The Pandemic Portraits project, which since March 2020 has seen the artist enter into a daily regime of creating portraits on saved news pages from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal daily papers. Hill selected pages that headlined an ever changing and frightening narrative about a virus that threatened the global, human population. As the number of infections skyrocketed around the world, he began responding to the daily loss of human life from the COVID-19 pandemic by drawing individual portraits as visual headlines. To determine how to represent the faces behind the overwhelming statistics, Hill scanned the daily editions of both papers for “accidental subjects,” the passers-by or people who appear in the background, who were not the intended subjects of the news photos. Like the victims of the disease, the “found” photographs were of individuals, people with families and friends. If they were to die, they would be mourned. As the pandemic took hold in the United States, an early news article stated that one American was dying every five minutes. The artist used the statistic to guide his process, limiting himself to a maximum of five minutes for each portrait. From March to mid-November 2020, Hill created over 3,000 Pandemic Portraits. His process continues today.
Location and Hours
The Joanne Miller Stichweh Gallery
33 Collegeview Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Mon - Su 9a - 9p
Closed Holidays and Breaks
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.