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Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 12:00pm at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Preserving the Body: Portrait Painting and Embalming in the American Civil War

NAP artist and Civil War reenactor William Blake will embody the artist-correspondent Winslow Homer as he documents the American Civil War by performing a figurative painting demonstration. Like Blake, reenactor Jon Austin will perform a live preservation of the past. An Illinois Humanities Council Road’s Scholar, Austin will describe the process of preserving soldiers’ bodies during the war by reenacting a Civil War embalming (with a live actor).  Both performances rely on the impact of the visual and use of the body as a document through time.

William Blake received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center this winter.

William Blake's work was selected for New American Paintings Issue #119.

Artistaday featured Blake's work and listed him in the top ten artists in Illinois.

William Blake was a finalist in the figurative catagory at the Art Renewal Center International Salon competition.