Face to Face: Seeing Each Other at Harvard

The Office for the Arts at Harvard, Harvard Common Spaces and the Harvard University Art Museums present Face to Face: Seeing Each Other at Harvard, a portrait project for creative people at all levels. We encourage the Harvard community (students, staff/faculty, alums and other affiliates) to envision each other's faces and identities through portraiture. Whether you're on campus or in far-flung locations around the world, we invite you to join this opportunity to "see" each other and close the gap between being apart and together.


  1. Consider a person you would like to represent in a portrait. It can be someone else or you! Think locally. Is it someone in your House, your neighborhood, or in the mirror? A friend, classmate, or family member, whether you see them in person or online. How do you see that person, in reality or in your imagination? How might you capture their personality in an image?
  2. Explore the portraits in the Harvard Art Museums’s collections to find inspiration in the many approaches that artists have taken to capturing the identity and personality of their subject through centuries of portraiture. You can view the entire collection by going to the Harvard Art Museums website and searching “portraits” or by looking at this selection of portraits.
  3. Create a portrait in any 2D medium: drawing, painting, collage, photography, digital art, etc. Explore the creative possibilities of the materials and settings of your current environment. Is there a corner of your subject's room with interesting lighting or furniture? Can you create your portrait with pencils, markers, paint, magazines and newspapers, recyclables or other found objects?
  4. Fill out this submission form including a high-resolution image (JPG, PNG, or TIFF) by Friday, October 23.

The portraits will be presented in a group exhibition displayed in the windows of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Havard University later this fall.

Need more inspiration? Check out the online gallery for Windows of Harvard: Art from Our Community, an exhibition by Harvard community artists that took place in the Spring of 2020.

For more information about submissions or guidelines, please contact Marin Orlosky.

Here's hoping that the arts continue to provide you with comfort and joy in these times and beyond.

Best wishes from all of us at the Office for the Arts at Harvard, Harvard Common Spaces, and the Harvard University Art Museums.