Portrait Society is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to the issues surrounding the genre of portraiture. Established in 2008, the gallery showcases both current and historic artists who work broadly and loosely with the ideas of portrait traditions. Portrait Society is interested in project driven bodies of work that explore the concepts and ideas of making art about identity, presence, social interaction and community. The gallery seeks to expand the ways in which art is shown, inspire contact and dialog, and foster a sense of community within its orbit. The portrait is, by nature, a transactional exchange between two or more human beings. It is the only art form that depends on this kind of intimacy. The gallery also represents an impressive roster of self-taught artists, including Bernard Gilardi, Romano Johnson, Rosemary Ollison, Rafael Francisco Salas, and Della Wells.
Gallery Director Debra Brehmer is an art historian who teaches part time at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She has curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively about art for various publications for 20 years. Locally, her writing can be found regularly in Milwaukee Magazine and nationally in Hyperallergic. She was also the founder, publisher and editor of Art Muscle Magazine.
Gallery Director Debra Brehmer (Photo by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, part of the Real Photo Postcard Survey project)
Portrait Society is located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward at 207 E. Buffalo St. on the fifth floor of the Marshall Building, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays noon to 5pm and by appointment.
Call 414.870.9930 for information.