About This Project

The Creative Coalition hosted a gallery exhibit of portraits from the Art & Soul project. The gallery exhibit, sponsored by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFM U.S.) and Sony, is a collection of portraits of performing artists by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith. TAA PR was hired to manage the press and red carpet for the showing that took place at The Library of Congress in Washington D.C.


Art & Soul is the cornerstone of The Creative Coalition’s arts advocacy campaign to focus national attention on the need to secure federal funding and support for the arts.


The portraits, of artists such as Samuel Jackson, Alyssa Milano, Adrian Grenier, Zooey Deschanel, Kerry Washington, Gina Gershon and Anne Hathaway, are accompanied by handwritten personal testimonials from each individual, expressing the positive impact art has had on their lives. The exhibit featured large, high resolution prints of selected portraits from a collection that are also in a Creative Coalition book published by Filipacchi Publishing, the book division of HFM U.S.


Photographer Brian Smith, who has travelled the country taking portraits as part of Sony Electronics’ professional photography program ‘Artisans of Imagery,’ notably shoots with the full-frame α DSLR-A900 camera, which is designed to deliver ultra-fine picture quality with a24.6-megapixel, 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and fast image processing. The results are breathtaking images that faithfully capture the expressiveness and nuance of Art & Soul’s subjects.


The portrait exhibit was displayed in conjunction with The Creative Coalition’s one-night show by the same name, Art & Soul. The show, written and produced by multiple Emmy® Award-winning producer Tom Fontana (“Oz,” “Homicide: Life on Street,” “St. Elsewhere”), stared actors and Co-Presidents of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly (“Private Practice”) and Dana Delany (“Desperate Housewives”); actor Adrian Grenier (“Entourage,” The Devil Wears Prada); actor CCH Pounder (Avatar); director Barry Levinson (Poliwood, Wag The Dog), actor Ashley Greene (Twilight); actor Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”); legendary news anchor Morley Safer (“60 Minutes”); actor Omar Epps (“House”); actor Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie); actor Steven Weber (“Brothers & Sisters”); actor Wendie Malick (Confessions of a Shopaholic; “Just Shoot Me”); actor Richard Schiff (A Solitary Man, “The West Wing”); director Spike Lee (Inside Man, Do The Right Thing); Tom Fontana (“Oz,” “Homicide: Life on Street,” “St. Elsewhere”) and many more.