The Self-Portrait Project: 4 x 4

The many faces of the Art House Co-op community

What does our creative community look like? How do you see yourself when you close your eyes? The Self-Portrait Project is an opportunity to introduce yourself to the world — one canvas at a time. Whether you feel challenged to depict yourself in photographic detail or to abstract your personality in visual form, this project will bring together the many faces of the Art House community in our storefront project space. Each participating artist will receive an empty 4" x 4" canvas with the same mission: Show us who you are. The resulting wall of portraits will open thousands of windows into our community, sharing something about ourselves for the entire world to see.

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  • Each participant will receive a single 4" x 4" canvas. Artists must use the canvas!
  • Please make sure that your work is dry before mailing it back.
  • Keep in mind that objects attached to the canvas may come loose in transit. Unfortunately, we can't make repairs to your work.
  • Feel free to use any media to create your portrait!
  • Please print your name clearly on the back of your canvas.
  • If you'd like us to return your canvas to you after the exhibition, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission.
  • Postmark your canvas by May 15th to: to:
    Brooklyn Archives
    ℅ The Self-Portrait Project
    355 Bedford Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Self-Portrait Project is a window into the Art House community. With more than 60,000 artists from over 100 countries and counting, there is no “typical” contributor to an Art House project. The Self-Portrait Project is an opportunity for a small collective of creative people to celebrate both diversity and connection, showing the world what a global arts community looks like — one portrait at a time. Every participant will be mailed a blank 4” x 4” canvas. The challenge is to depict yourself and send us the results of your personal creative experiment. Every canvas will be displayed together in a communal exhibition, forming a personal reflection of the Art House community in thousands of different forms.

Artwork in cover image courtesy of the following artists from last year's project:
(Clockwise, from top left) Brandon Morris, Jan DeAngelis, Mark Dooley, Giannis Tsaganos, Lisa Hibbert, Mike Bencze, Jeslyn Cantrell, Susan Herdman, Laura Kaardal, Carole Ricketts


August 16th, 2012

Brooklyn Art Library

103A N. 3rd St.

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Every artist who contributes to The Self-Portrait Project is helping to support the 10 x 10 Series and ensuring that Art House will continue to produce free community art projects.