Athenaeum Presents Robert Schultz Memorial Leaves

By Editorial Team on August 9, 2021

Thu, 12 August 2021 - Sat, 25 September 2021


Robert Schultz, Unidentified Union Soldier in Whipple Hat, Chlorophyll print and resin, 14″ x 11″ x 2″, 2012

Opening*: Sunday, August 15, 4-6pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 12 at 2pm
On view August 12-September 19

Memorial Leaves is Robert Schultz’s response to Walt Whitman’s war writings. The exhibition probes the secret history of the US Civil War, face by face, in portraits of combatants and those who mourned their loss. The chlorophyll print process used here enacts Whitman’s central metaphor of leaves and life’s renewals, and many of the portraits have been made using leaves that grew from ground once soaked by the blood of combatants, northern and southern, black and white.

Schultz is a poet and artist. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award in Fiction, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, and Cornell University’s Corson Bishop Poetry Prize. His chlorophyll prints have been featured by LensCulture and are held by the Library of Congress, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, the Phillips Museum at Franklin & Marshall College, and by private collectors in the US and abroad.

* In accordance with city of Alexandria Covid 19 policy, masks must be worn. Refreshments will not be served.

Athenaeum  is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA.  Contact the gallery at 703.548.0035 or online via