Artist Kaziah Hancock will present a portrait of a soldier who died in Iraq to the soldier’s family on Nov. 9 at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, the university announced.
Hancock will speak about the work of Project Compassion, a nonprofit dedicated to giving hand-painted portraits to the families of fallen U.S. soldiers. During the program, Hancock also will present a portrait of U.S. Army Sergeant Lakeshia M. Bailey of Columbus to the fallen soldier’s family.
Bailey died on March 8, 2010, of injuries sustained during a non-combat-related vehicle rollover. Bailey was a heavy vehicle driver assigned to the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
After reading about the first death of a soldier from her home state of Utah in the Iraq War, Hancock made a commitment to share and ease the grief of military families. Armed with brushes, paints and passion, she created Project Compassion. More than 2,500 families have received the healing presence portraits painted by Hancock and her group of volunteer artists.
The program is presented by the Oglethorpe Women’s Network, a faculty, staff and community volunteer group, in collaboration with the Oglethorpe University Center for Civic Engagement.