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About the Project

Meet our Artist-in-Residence, Charmaine Wheatley, as she works to reduce stigma through portraiture.  The first six months of the project focused on the mental health community and now has shifted focus to HIV/AIDS which runs from July-December 2017.  If you were a part of the mental health portion of the project and you have any questions or concerns then please contact the Project Facilitator from that portion, Caroline Nestro, at (585)-273-2254.

About Charmaine

Charmaine WheatleyUpon graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, performance artist, Charmaine Wheatley, has been based in New York City since 1997. Thanks to a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she spent the better part of 2012 - 2015 in Newfoundland. Switching between mediums: performance, sculpture, printed matter and painting; the backbone of Wheatley’s practise involves a daily “sketchbook” habit. Never without a pocketsized watercolour set, pens, and a recycled tin box filled with custom cut paper, her studio is portable. Wheatley has published four books: Beau Fleuve: The Heart of North America (2006), 30% of Buffalo…Is Functionally Illiterate (2009), Brett's Ball (2014) and Souvenirs (2015). Souvenirs is a signed, limited edition of 300 published by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston, MA. where she has a solo exhibition September 2015 – February 2017. An artist in residence at the University of Rochester is her primary focus for 2017.

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In the News

Charmaine Wheatley Begins Artist-in-Residency Program

Sample Work from this Project

Portrait of Chris Goodwin       Portrait of Stephaun Wallace












Sample Work from the Mental Health Portion

Watercolor of Sabrina C with text surrounding her and a date of April 20, 2017                            Watercolor of Evelyn with text around her and a date of February 14, 2017

Watercolor of Norvin with text surrounding him           

Gabriel with text around him