Souls Shot Portrait Project

Souls Shot Portrait Project envisions a community free from gun violence. Organizers pair artists with families or friends of victims of gun violence. The artists meet with the victim’s loved ones to learn about the lives they lived. They use photographs, mementos, videos, and stories to create diverse works of art that relay the essence of the person being portrayed. The artists, families, and friends who participate in Souls Shot Portrait Project are incredibly brave and generous. The artists donate their time and talent, and the grieving family and friend participants graciously share treasured and intimate details about their loved ones with the artists, who are strangers to them. This trust, this bond, is the basis for this powerful and poignant exhibition.

Portraits have the unique ability to represent the soul of the subject and profoundly affect those who see them. This invitational, rather than confrontational, approach leads viewers to a place of empathy in hopes to affect true change. Souls Shot Portrait Project’s mission is to bring attention to and memorialize the lives lost and tragically altered due to gun violence. The Project began in Philadelphia and is grateful to be able to continue its mission in Harrisburg to represent those affected from other areas of the state.

“We hope that this project brings joy and peace to the families and friends of victims and, by bringing attention to the scourge of gun violence in this way, be a call to action to all who see them. We will continue with this project, expand its reach, and hopefully reach the blessed day it will no longer be needed.”

A resources page on the Souls Shot Portrait Project website facilitates action and provides resources to help those coping with grief:

Plan Your Visit

Exhibition Details

Date: January 12 – April 16​, 2023

Gallery: Lobby Gallery


Donna Berk Barlup

Mary Begnardi

Sally Benton

Theresa BrownGold

Carey Davis

Lene Dronen

Terry Freemark

Dale Goldberg


Rebecca Jane Hoenig

Tyler Kline

Janine Lieberman

Anni Matsick

Robert Papp

Kari Roslund

Cassandra Sassaman

Celeste Schor

Gary Sieling

B. Douglas Smith

Access the full artist and family statements for each piece on view here


Third in the Burg

Friday, January 20, 2023
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Free Admission

Third in the Burg

Friday, February 17, 2023
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Free Admission

Third in the Burg

Friday, March 17, 2023
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Free Admission