Phillips-at-Home Summer Series #6: Personal Portraits

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Today we are looking to an American artist for our inspiration: Alex Katz. Katz is an American figurative artist, meaning he primarily creates portraits of people. His portraits are minimalist, colorful, and highly contrasted. The Phillips Collection acquired Katz’s three-portrait series Brisk Day in 2013. Using this artwork as our foundation, today’s project will explore […]

American Moments Portraits: Staff Inspiration

Untitled_Sue Ahn

“Untitled” by Museum Assistant Sue Ahn

You can create a portrait in the American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection inspired by a gallery in the exhibition that features portraits of artists, including notable painters, photographers, and musicians. We asked staff to create a few kick off submissions (check out a few we featured earlier this week); here are some of our favorites. Share yours with #AmericanMoments and you might see it featured here during the exhibition.

Paco_Dan McSwain

“Paco” by Dan McSwain

Catfish Selfie_Barbal Sisoridae

“Catfish Selfie” by Barbel Sisoridae


“Untitled” by Anonymous


“Bennett” by Elizabeth


American Moments Portraits: Puppies, People, and Ponies

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“One Line Monday (6-1)” by Mike Guy

Quick! If you had to create a portrait of one person right now, who would it be? A family member? Yourself? Your pet?

We have all of the necessary supplies to create a portrait at a station in American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection, inspired by a gallery in the exhibition that features portraits of artists, including notable painters, photographers, and musicians. To help us kick off the in-gallery activity, we asked the many artists on staff here at the Phillips to get creative with their submissions. Join us for opening weekend June 6 & 7 to create your own! Share it on social media with #AmericanMoments and you might see your submission featured here on The Experiment Station.


“Horse” by Anna

Aunt Nor - Cancer Won_Meghan Schindler

“Aunt Nor – Cancer Won” by Museum Supervisor Meghan Schindler

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“Miss B” by Marketing Manager Amy Wike


“Steinbeck” by Anonymous