Wesley Kime ’53-A presented his artwork at the opening of the Loma Linda University (LLU) Faculty Portrait Gallery in July. His portrait gallery was originally on display in the Del E. Webb Memorial Library for 10 years, but in 2014 they were taken down and stored. Now out of storage, the originals are exhibited on the third floor of the Alumni Hall for Basic Sciences in three capacious halls. The new venue for the portraits physically conjoins the Faculty Portrait Gallery with the existing Mossberger Gallery, which is composed of watercolor representations of “The Family of Man,” painted by Joseph I. Mossberger ’39.
The subjects of Dr. Kime’s portraits may be recognizable to many alumni. The 54 original portraits in the gallery are not the usual formal photographs or museum portraits. Instead, he focused on showing characteristic intimate facial expressions and casual poses and apparel as if the subjects were in conversation in a living room. Selection of the subjects representative of the University’s schools was made in 2002 by Richard H. Hart, DrPH, ’70 and the Dean’s Committee. Those of honored School of Medicine faculty and graduates were chosen through the Alumni Association.
Dr. Kime has also painted two large group portraits in Coleman Pavilion and four in the School of Medicine dean’s hall, plus the dedication portrait in the Carrol S. Small Alumni Center. From simple drawings to large group portraits, Dr. Kime has contributed to LLU art for more than 60 years.