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Portrait of a Soldier

What Is It?

The Portrait of a Soldier exhibit is a traveling display of hand-sketched portraits of fallen servicememebers from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001 in the Global War on Terror. Artist Cameron Schilling, of Mattoon, drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley's parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois servicemember who has fallen during the Global War on Terror.

The portraits are copies of the original, which has been given to the fallen soldiers next of kin, and the exhibit travels throughout the state of Illinois. Lt. Governor Pat Quinn holds a press conference on the opening day at each location, and invites families of the fallen soldiers who live in the area to attend.


Where Will It Be?

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Where Has It Been?

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ChampaignParkland CollegeOctober 31, 2009
SpartaSparta VFW HallOctober 27, 2009
Mount CarmelWabash Valley CollegeOctober 24, 2009
ChicagoJames R. Thompson CenterSeptember 11, 2009
DuQuoinState FairgroundsAugust 29, 2009
SpringfieldState FairgroundsAugust 14, 2009
RochelleMunicipal AirportJune 20, 2009
SpringfieldState CapitolMay 26, 2009
ChicagoNavy PierMay 22, 2009
PontiacMuseum Complex, 110 W Howard StDecember 30, 2008
AuroraAurora Public Library-Eola Rd. BranchNovember 7, 2008
Godfrey/AltonLewis and Clark Community CollegeOctober 15, 2008
MarionMarion Cultural CenterOctober 7, 2008
EffinghamEffingham County Government CenterSeptember 26, 2008
VandaliaKaskaskia CollegeSeptember 17, 2008
BellevilleSouthwestern IL CollegeSeptember 9, 2008
KankakeeKankakee Community CollegeAugust 21, 2008
RoselleRoselle Public LibraryAugust 1, 2008
Des PlainesDes Plaines Public LibraryJuly 11, 2008
GalesburgAmerican LegionJuly 3, 2008
CantonSpoon River CollegeJune 18, 2008
SpringfieldState Capitol RotundaMay 29, 2008
ChicagoNavy PierMay 24, 2008
Oak ParkOak Park Public LibraryMay 13, 2008
JacksonvilleJacksonvilleMay 5, 2008
Tinley ParkAndrew High SchoolApril 27, 2008
TaylorvilleChristian County CourthouseApril 18, 2008
SchaumburgSchaumburg Public LibraryMarch 28, 2008
ChicagoJames R. Thompson CenterMarch 19, 2008
LitchfieldCity HallMarch 7, 2008
PekinCity HallFebruary 18, 2008
WaukeganGenesse TheatreJanuary 30, 2008
DanvilleVermillion County War MueseumNovember 15, 2007
ChicagoJames R. Thompson CenterNovember 9, 2007
AuroraParamount Arts CenterNovember 2, 2007
Crystal LakeMcHenry County CollegeOctober 26, 2007
BurbankPrarie Trails Public LibraryOctober 18, 2007
LincolnLogan County CourthouseOctober 11, 2007
Glen EllynStudent Resource Center - College of DuPageOctober 5, 2007
DuQuoinState FairAugust 25, 2007
CiceroMorton CollegeAugust 3, 2007
JolietJoliet Area Historical MueseumJune 20, 2007
ChicagoDaley Plaza - East PlazaMay 22, 2007
DeKalbHolems Student Center - NIUApril 30, 2007
MacombDonald Spencer Student Rec. Center - WIUApril 18, 2007
CarbondaleStudent Center - SIUCApril 10, 2007
NormalBone Student Center - ISUMarch 27, 2007
DecaturMilikin UniversityNovember 15, 2006
NapervilleCity HallNovember 3, 2006
CharlestonEastern Illinois UniversityOctober 30, 2006
ParisAmerican LegionOctober 23, 2006
PeoriaWTVP Studio GalleryOctober 17, 2006
MolineBlackhawk College - Building One - LLOctober 12, 2006
QuincyQuincy University - Francis Hall Main FlrSeptember 28, 2006
RockfordMemorial HallSeptember 19, 2006
UrbanaIllini Union Art Gallery - U of ISeptember 7, 2006
DuQuoinState FairAugust 26, 2006
EdwardsvilleLovejoy Library Main Level - SIUEAugust 17, 2006
SpringfieldOld State CapitolJune 30, 2006
ChicagoJames R. Thompson CenterMay 25, 2006