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 NWTC art gallery shows portraits by Physical Therapist student


 Casey Fryda


A health sciences student has covered the walls of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s library with striking portraits. Kevin T. Schmoldt, the latest featured artist in NWTC’s district-wide arts initiative, says he finds something unique in depicting faces rather than other subjects.

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“While I enjoy a wide variety of subject matter, including landscapes and still life, the human figure and the portrait are of particular interest to me as I am enjoying the human experience myself,” Schmoldt says. “Since the human experience involves a vast array of emotional and psychological development and experience, the artist has an unknown number of options to use to relate to the viewer through the artwork.”

Schmoldt has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with an emphasis in sculpture. His artwork is in private collections around the country and is commissioned as well. He says that some of the same interests that drive his art also led him to the Physical Therapist Assistant degree program he is completing at NWTC.

“I entered the PTA program for practical and adventurous reasons. I needed to establish a new career, one that involves using my brain power and helping other people in the process. PTA involves the human body, interpersonal relationships and fun….it seemed like a good fit for my situation.”

Even with a new career, he says, he will pursue his muse. “I will always continue to create artwork, be it drawing, painting or sculpture, as long as I am able and alive. It seems a most natural thing to do. “

This exhibit, “A Sampling of Portraits,” hints at the variety of his work. His painting and drawing style could be described as realism with a touch of abstract expressionism.  Some portraits lean toward photo-realism; some display a more intense abstract cast, depending on the desired result. 

“I want the viewer walk away from my exhibit knowing that they themselves are unique and beautiful and don't need to walk around with a cheesecake smile on their face in order for their beautiful selves to shine.”

Schmoldt says that the focus of his work is “to relay the human being behind the face; the time and experience, all the thoughts and emotions that are what creates a life, and to try to incorporate it all into one, simple expression.”