Student artists combine image and text to explore identity.

Last fall, students in Professor Elise Richman’s Intermediate Drawing course presented compelling self-portraits that provided a window into their hearts and minds. Displayed for three weeks in Kittredge Gallery, the charcoal, graphite, ink, and Conte crayon sketches brimmed with meaning.

When she set the assignment, Richman’s goal was to challenge students to combine two distinct elements, image and text, to create a self-portrait that expressed an important aspect of their personalities, identities, or belief systems.