The Signing of the American Constitution
Sam Knecht (MFA Painting 1976)
Measuring 60 x 104 inches this painting was commissioned for the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. It was unveiled at the dedication of the Center on September 17, 2010. The painting illustrates the afternoon of September 17, 1787 when America's blueprint for democracy was signed. The painting required two years' of research, consultation with scholars, and the special assistance of the curatorial staff at Independence Hall.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.