Illuminating Whiskers by Juliane Troicki (Illuminating Project) & Christine Peck (The Sparkle Studio & Wisconsin Whiskers)

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Juliane Troicki, Ph.D. is the founder of the Illuminating Project. Juliane partners with companies to retain their most valuable employees and collaborates with organizations to engage communities. A native of Berlin, Germany, Juliane has lived in New York City and Philadelphia before making her home in Wisconsin. When she is not chasing after her four children, her husband and her rescue dog Roy, Juliane enjoys weightlifting and restoring mid-century furniture. Juliane cares deeply about her community and those around her. With Illuminating Whiskers, Juliane learns from others and shares their inspiring stories and lessons. 

Christine Peck is a photographer in Fond du lac, Wisconsin. She is author of the photo book “Wisconsin Whiskers” and owner of The Sparkle Studio. Christine is a mom to two dogs, Happy and Gilmore and wife to an amazing creative soul.  Empowering her clients through photography is what drives Christine. During her Wisconsin Whiskers book project she photographed 78 men and their unique facial hair. What she emphasized is that men need to take pride in who they are. Through this new project, Illuminating Whiskers she hopes to fulfill that mission!

A collaboration between Illuminating Project (Juliane Troicki) and Wisconsin Whiskers and The Sparkle Studio (Christine Peck), Illuminating Whiskers features the photos and stories of 30 remarkable men from across Wisconsin and their facial hair. The illuminated men represent a multitude of backgrounds and life paths.

Men often shy away from taking portraits and from talking about themselves. Juliane and Christine hope to change this with photography and storytelling. Illuminating Whiskers appreciates the men's unique stories and values their experiences. A one-of-a-kind community engagement experience, Illuminating Whiskers will inspire everyone to know their worth. 

Many of the whiskered men will be in attendance at the opening event on March 1, 2024 at 6pm at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the arts. Juliane and Christine hope that you will join them to celebrate the inspiring men at the opening event on March 1.

March 1, 2024 - April 12, 2024