Manhattan Community Portrait

The human face, a canvas of emotions and stories waiting to be discovered. It holds the power to convey feelings, thoughts, and desires without saying a word. Each smile, each furrowed brow, each glance speaks volumes about who we are and how we connect with the world around us.

The Manhattan Community Portrait project, founded by Museum Specialist Nate McClendon, draws inspiration from the video portraits created by artist Susie J. Lee. The project is grounded in the belief that every individual possesses a unique story to share and seeks to promote personal connections through the inclusion of a narrative provided by each subject.

Through the magic of visual storytelling, the project invites viewers to see beyond the surface and into the hearts and minds of the featured residents of Manhattan. It is a journey of discovery, a window into the souls of those who call this community home.

Every month, a collection of portraits graces the walls of Beach Museum, each one telling a unique and powerful story. But these portraits are not confined within the museum walls - they can be found throughout our town, from your doctor's office to your favorite coffee shop. They serve as a poignant reminder that every face we encounter belongs to a real person, with their own dreams, struggles, and triumphs.

For inquiries, please contact Nate McClendon at

Related event

Manhattan Community Portrait Public Presentation with celebrated artist Susie J. Lee
Friday, April 5, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m.
Union Hall - MHK Downtown, 328 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas.
Free and open to the public

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Click here to read the press release for the Manhattan Community Portrait Public Presentation.