Portrait of Manitowoc Community Art Project

Sonia Vasquez


Please watch our events for opportunities to watch the Portrait of Manitowoc Project unfold virtually. In-person viewing will resume upon opening of the museum.

The Rahr-West Art Museum is proud to present the Portrait of Manitowoc Project, an artist  residency and community art project in collaboration with local portrait artist Sonia Vasquez that celebrates the diversity of Manitowoc. This project is generously funded by the Art Bridges Foundation. 

Portrait of Manitowoc: Live Stream Events with Sonia Vasquez

  • Saturday, December 12 at 1:00pm

View the live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Coolestcoast/

View the live stream on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBxsGdPnsxZe-WFhYyfy5zw 

Vasquez will be celebrating Manitowoc’s diversity by painting residents of different backgrounds at the museum so that visitors will be able to visit and see the work as it progresses as well as witness the traditional approach to painting portraits with oil paint.  She will be on site at the Rahr-West Art Museum on the follow dates and times:

  • Friday, January 15, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 16, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The community is invited to create self-portraits on provided paper that will be combined with Vasquez’s work into a large-scale installation work that will serve as a vibrant and diverse portrait of our community at this current point in history.  Participants will be asked to reflect on their identity and what it means to them to be a citizen of Manitowoc.  The final installation will be on exhibit at the Rahr-West Art Museum beginning in March of 2021 and will travel to different locations throughout town after it is at the Museum.  

Details and materials for participation will be available at the Rahr-West Art Museum beginning Friday, October 16, 2020.  School groups interested in participating or a digital presentation of the residency should contact Curator Diana Bolander at dbolander@manitowoc.org.  These will be added to the installation as the residency progresses and will be accepted through January 31, 2021.  Participants must use the paper provided and the Rahr-West Art Museum reserves the right to omit any submissions not in keeping with the spirit of the project.  

Sonia Vasquez, a native of Manitowoc, has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin in painting and drawing. Sonia has become increasingly interested in classical painting and drawing since she was in her teens, often referencing the old masters as inspiration. More information on Sonia and her work can be found at www.soniavasquezart.com.