An art and music gallery by Nathaniel DeBoer

Virtual Gallery Now Available

about The Sound of Scars

Pervasive and elusive, emotional abuse is one of the most damaging and least evident forms of domestic violence. It is an epidemic that largely runs unchecked and ignored, and does not discriminate when choosing its victims: it can be a coworker, a friend, a spouse, even a child. It occurs in the home, in the workplace, in the church, and in schools. It traps and controls its victims while never seeming to be there at all. The Sound of Scars seeks to cast light on this issue.

The Sound of Scars tells the stories of those who have experienced an emotionally abusive relationship. It highlights the varied circumstances under which emotional abuse can be perpetrated, including stories from intimate partners, parents, friends, religious leaders, and more. The anonymous stories come from the diverse Rochester community, showcasing ethnic, religious, gender, economic, and sexual preference diversity.

Find more information on emotional abuse.


With over ten years of classical music training behind me, I recently began to explore the visual arts. I secured funding from South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) to bring awareness to a topic close to my heart. With The Sound of Scars I will showcase the anonymous stories of seven people from all walks of life who have survived emotionally abusive situations. Each story will be featured on a hanging canvas sheet and accompanied by an original music composition, photograph, and a found object.

This immersive multimedia installation will be free and open to the public August 6-21, 2015, with a opening night reception on August 5th from 6-9pm with live performance, awareness advocacy, and a silent art auction for local non-profits.


I want The Sound of Scars to become a movement; an idea; the foundations of a support structure for those trying to survive. I want this to be a chorus of healing and a symphony of love for all those who have been hurt or rejected. If I had the means, I would make this into a national movement. But I am only one person, and the only way ideas can make it anywhere is when they are free to be seen, to soar above titles, ownership, or petty human ideals, until they reach a point where they become an overwhelming sign of hope, empowerment, and safety.

Thank You


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Opening Night
August 5th 2015, 6-9pm
Admission: Free
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Gallery open August 6-21, 2015
Monday—Friday, 11:00AM—3:00PM
or by appointment (507-282-8481)

Special Thanks To:

C4
Aspired Productions
Laustin Art
Jeffery Jurewicz

Dawn Sanborn Photography
The Rochester Civic Theatre
Laine Lovejoy
shake n' paint (Brandon Cole)
Gingerbread House Bakery

Dominick Jones
Amara Lynn Art
Cecilia Cordon
Great Harvest Bread Co.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & culture heritage fund.