Linfield Gallery hosts first Northwest showing of Abu Ghraib exhibit

Saturday, April 2, from 3 to 5 p.m., marks the opening reception of a remarkable Linfield Gallery exhibit featuring the portraits and words of former Abu Ghraib detainees.

The portraits are charged with emotion, politically provocative, and in light of current events in the Middle East, incredibly relevant.

“Bearing Witness,” the first Pacific Northwest exhibition of Daniel Heyman’s portraits of former Abu Ghraib detainees, will be on display at the Linfield Gallery through April 30.

Linfield will also host the Frazee Lecture with the artist in Ice Auditorium on the Linfield College campus Tuesday, April 5, from 7:30–9 p.m. Three respondents will provide additional perspectives at a panel discussion following the lecture.

An extension of the exhibition will be hosted by the White Box Gallery at the University of Oregon in Portland from April 5 to May 14, 2011, with a First Thursday Opening Reception on April 7 from 6–8 p.m.


Daniel Heyman is a painter and printmaker, and a very good listener. He sat in on interviews between human rights lawyers and dozens of former Abu Ghraib Prison detainees, and while the men opened up about the atrocities they had suffered, Heyman drew their portraits and interwove excerpts of their testimony onto engraving plates or sheets of paper. He had the artistic sensitivity to convey their horrific experiences with great respect. Other gouaches and prints in the exhibition explore the Iraqi war and the U.S. war on terrorism from different perspectives.

Linfield College art Professor Cris Moss co-curated the exhibition with Carolyn Peter, director and curator of the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Heyman’s art has been exhibited in major institutions across the nation and is housed in permanent collections at the New York Public Library, Yale University, Princeton University, the Library of Congress and elsewhere. He has received numerous awards including a 2010 Guggenheim Foundation Grant and a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the Arts.


Throughout the academic year, exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view in the 1500 square-foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to contemporary art.

Moss is curator and director of the gallery. He has curated and coordinated exhibits around the country, and his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the world.

Special thanks go to Brian Winkenweder, associate professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Linfield College, for exhibition instigation and written essay contributions. Elizabeth Lamb, director of the White Box at the University of Oregon, facilitated the UO’s role.

The gallery is located in the Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield campus. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition and lecture are free and the public is invited.

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