Melissa Yes: 45 Portraits

This exhibit is located in the Leo Reynolds Gallery. Reception is scheduled for September 4 from 5-7 pm.


45 Portraits, an exhibition by Birmingham-based artist Melissa Yes, is on view at the Gadsden Museum of Art until November 13, 2020. In this series of oil portraits pressed between panes of plexiglass, Yes takes a close look at the 45 Presidents of the United States of America. Their likenesses are flattened, distorted — a tender violence done to all things captured as an image or written into history.

All 45 portraits are available for purchase via this auction, which will end on Election Day: November 3, 2020.

Bids begin at $100. You determine the value.

50% of all proceeds will be donated to Be A Blessing Birmingham.

To support: place a bid on a portrait, leave a tip (Venmo @melbobyes) or simply share this auction on your social media using the hashtag, #45portraits—45-Portraits-13894