National Veterans Art Museum

National Veterans Art Museum The truly unique National Veterans Art Museum features work by combat veterans from all conflicts. The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans.
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Our new space at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue opened on Veterans Day, November 1, 2012.

Our new space at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue opened on Veterans Day, November 1, 2012.

Mission: The National Veterans Art Museum inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on Vietnam and recent wars. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans.

Operating as usual

09/18/2020

#Onthisday 73 years ago, in recognition of the importance of air power for the modern military, the U.S. Air Force was officially separated from the U.S. Army, and established as a branch of the U.S. Military under the National Security Act of 1947- marking today’s military holiday, #airforcebirthday. Happy 73rd birthday United States Air Force!

POW / MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September. Please take a moment today to remember...
09/18/2020

POW / MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September. Please take a moment today to remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, as well as their families.

NVAM Permanent Collection Artist and U.S. veteran, Kurt Vonnegut Jr was interned as a P.O.W. during World War II. In service to his country, he enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and was later sent to Europe as a scout with the 106th Infantry Division, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Over 500 members of the division were killed and over 6,000 were captured, including Vonnegut. After becoming a P.O.W., he was imprisoned in a slaughterhouse in Dresden, Germany. He survived the Allied firebombing of Dresden by taking refuge deep underground in a meat locker. Afterwards, he was put to work excavating bodies from the rubble and helping with other cleanup efforts. His experiences inspired his darkly satirical novel “Slaughterhouse-Five.” In 1945 he was released and returned to the U.S. where he continued his service in Fort Riley, Kansas.

Vonnegut is best known as a writer—over the course of his career he published novels, short story collections, plays and non-fiction works. He often illustrated his writing with witty drawings and claimed to enjoy drawing more than writing. His preferred medium was markers, with their bright, bold colors. Later in his life he teamed up with printmaker Joe Petro III to turn his drawings into screen prints. In 2016 fifty of these prints were added to the museum's permanent collection through the generosity of Peter Nielsen and the Nielsen Family who sponsored the acquisition in memory of beloved wife, mother and artist Faith Nielsen.

Images in the order which they appear:
-Kurt Vonnegut Jr, “Black Heart” Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.
-Kurt Vonnegut Jr, “Tralfamadorian” Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.
-Kurt Vonnegut Jr, “One Liner #4, Self Portrait 5-7-05” Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

#nvam #veteransart #veteransexperience #powmia #youarenotforgotten #neverforget #kurtvonnegutjr

Today is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of th...
09/17/2020

Today is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 and recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become U.S. citizens.

U.S. veteran, NVAM Permanent Collection Artist and photojournalist, Laszlo Kondor is a shining example of a naturalized U.S. citizen who used his talents to serve his adopted country.

Born in Hungary in 1940, Kondor was a refugee from the 1956 Hungarian revolution who eventually made his way to Chicago. In 1970 he became a U.S. citizen. 1962 to 1969 he was a freelance photojournalist in Chicago, covering the events of the day, including civil unrest. 1969 to 1972 he served in the U.S. Army as a photographer in Vietnam. 1972 to 1976 he was the official photographer for Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.

In the late 1960's the biggest story was the Vietnam War, and Kondor wanted to photograph it. He tried everything he could to get a photography job with the news media, but they wouldn't hire him due to a lack of experience. Finally, at the age of 28, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After going through basic and infantry training, he was sent to Vietnam, where he was assigned as a “grunt” in an infantry company.

After a chance meeting with an information officer, he talked his way into the Americal Division Information Office, re-assigned as an Army photographer. He says of his images, "war is about people,” and he went out on the battleground to get close to the action and the people.

In spring 2021, NVAM will present "A Camera in Conflict, Triptych of the Vietnam Era," a major exhibition of Kondor's work. Stop by to see his compelling images.

Images in the order which they appear:
-Portrait of László Kondor by SP5 Williams, Americal Division Information Office, 1969 Vietnam. Image courtesy of Kondor Collection.
-László Kondor, “Arriving by Chinook,” 1969, Vietnam. Image courtesy of Kondor Collection. Copyright László Kondor.
-László Kondor, “Writing Home,” 1970, Vietnam. Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

#nvam #veteransart #veteransexperience #laszlokondor #combatphotography #constitutiondayandcitizenshipday

This powerful sculpture by NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, John McManus is titled "POW Prisoner.”Of the work, McManus ...
09/15/2020

This powerful sculpture by NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, John McManus is titled "POW Prisoner.”

Of the work, McManus shared, “We are blindfolded on this planet; we are unable to see what we do to each other. We are taught to see what we are told to see. When I found stone, I found life itself; when I sculpt, I learn to see.”

Visit NVAM’s online collection to learn more— www.collection.nvam.org

National Veterans Art Museum's cover photo
09/11/2020

National Veterans Art Museum's cover photo

09/11/2020
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

On this sacred day, we honor the innocent lives lost and recognize the courage of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and risked their lives to save others 19 years ago. Today, at the 9/11 Memorial, we will hear the names of the 2,983 men, women and children killed as a result of the terrorist events of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. We will stand in solidarity with their families and loved ones as we honor the life of every victim and fulfill our sacred promise to remember always. www.911memorial.org/anniversary

Today, as we observe Patriot Day in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, we commemorate the individuals who tragically lost th...
09/11/2020

Today, as we observe Patriot Day in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, we commemorate the individuals who tragically lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and the first responders who selflessly sacrificed for their communities.

The artwork featured, “And the Towers Fell” was created by U.S. Coast Guard Reserve veteran and NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, Victoria Bryers. Visit NVAM’s online collection to learn more— www.collection.nvam.org

#neverforget #patriotday

#onthisday 75 years ago, Japan signed formal surrender documents -the Japanese Instrument of Surrender- on the deck of t...
09/02/2020
Full Circle: The Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

#onthisday 75 years ago, Japan signed formal surrender documents -the Japanese Instrument of Surrender- on the deck of the USS Missouri, officially bringing #WWII to an end; marking what is formally recognized and commemorated as V-J Day.

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Every aspect of the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri was carefully choreographed, with one eye on the past and another on the future.

As in past years, this summer we've been delighted to provide arts programming for teens across Chicago through our part...
08/20/2020
ASM Summer 2020

As in past years, this summer we've been delighted to provide arts programming for teens across Chicago through our partnership with After School Matters. This summer, for the first time, the programming has taken place remotely.

The 16 teens who participated have been engaged and responsive, and have created some excellent, thoughtful work. You can enjoy their artwork at our ASM Summer 2020 Virtual Exhibition: https://www.nvam.org/asm-summer-2020.html

We want to give a HUGE thank you to ASM arts instructor, Verónica Casado Hernández for all of her hard work with the new remote learning curriculum.

Our program, Creativity Caught Me Making, invites teens of all ages to engage with NVAM's permanent collection, develop technical art making skills, and research social justice issues to create art with social impact.

#nvam #asm #creativitycaughtmemaking #teenartists

On this day 75 years ago, Imperial Japan announced its surrender and effectively ended World War II; marking what is com...
08/15/2020

On this day 75 years ago, Imperial Japan announced its surrender and effectively ended World War II; marking what is commemorated today as V-J Day. Japan’s surrender would later be formalized by written document on September 2, 1945 on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

The painting pictured here, “Pacific Sorrows” by NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, George Klauba is from the artist’s series of paintings titled, "Nerves on Fire: Reflections on WWII.” The paintings in the series are an empathetic depiction of some events that occurred during the Pacific War, which muse upon the feelings and experiences of both the Allies and Japanese. For example, “Pacific Sorrows” illustrates the bombing of a U.S. ship by a Japanese bomber, while also visually connecting two women from opposite sides of the Pacific and on opposite sides of the war, revealing their mutual sacrifice and shared feelings of deep sorrow and loss.

Klauba grew up during WWII on the Southwest Side of Chicago. He was only 7 years old when the war ended but says that "WWII became a thread that has run through my life and work as an artist." As a young boy, Klauba tells us that when veterans returned home from seemingly faraway, exotic places and battlefields, they brought stories, tattoos, and souvenirs; mementos that for him, "seared my memory and burned my imagination.”

George Klauba was born in 1938 in Chicago, IL. He served in the U.S. Navy, Quartermaster 2nd Class from 1956-1959. To learn more about the artist and his work, visit NVAM’s Online Collection:
http://collection.nvam.org/

#nationalveteransartmuseum #nvam #veteransart #veteransexperience #vjday #victoryoverjapanday #wwii #pacificwar #georgeklauba #pacificsorrows

The American Legion National Headquarters
08/07/2020
The American Legion National Headquarters

The American Legion National Headquarters

Did you know that John F. Kennedy is the only U.S. president to earn a Purple Heart, while serving in the Navy during World War II.
Or that Curry Haynes, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War, earned 10 Purple Hearts during his military career.
On #PurpleHeartDay, here are some more interesting facts about the oldest award given by the U.S. military.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
08/07/2020

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Today is National #PurpleHeartDay, a time for Americans to remember and honor our brave service members who were wounded in battle or gave the ultimate sacrifice - their lives - for our nation. #HonorThem #KnowYourMil

EDIT:  Today, August 7, is Purple Heart Day—a time for us to contemplate the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Arme...
08/07/2020

EDIT: Today, August 7, is Purple Heart Day—a time for us to contemplate the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to men and women who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty. It is purple for courage and bravery and features a profile of George Washington.

Maurice Costello, a Vietnam veteran and NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, created “the BLUE HEART – a Non-Existent Deficient Distinction" which speaks to the Purple Heart medal. Instead of purple, it is blue, and instead of George Washington, it depicts a person curled in the fetal position.

Costello says that after being discharged, he returned home to find a "world in turmoil" and adds "it was difficult to know where or how I now fit into the world…my visual depictions were dark and blue." This was not an uncommon reaction, as evidenced by a study that estimates almost one-third of Americans who served in the Vietnam conflict returned with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and roughly 11% continue to suffer from PTS symptoms.

“the BLUE HEART – a Non-Existent Deficient Distinction" is on display at NVAM in Costello’s retrospective exhibition, Maurice Costello: Back to “The Nam”

Pictured: Photo of Maurice Costello with "the BLUE HEART – a Non-Existent Deficient Distinction"

#purpleheartday #mauricecostello #pts

Spotlight from NVAM’s Permanent Collection…“They’re Mine to Keep” is a mixed media installation created by Edgar Gonzale...
07/23/2020

Spotlight from NVAM’s Permanent Collection…

“They’re Mine to Keep” is a mixed media installation created by Edgar Gonzalez Baeza, U.S. Army Reserves Veteran. The installation was first exhibited at NVAM as a part of “In War: Radical Vulnerability,” a series of events, art shows, and performances that worked to explore the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America.

The artist’s inspiration to create the work emerged from a group discussion wherein a 90’s Gulf War veteran spoke to his struggles with what he experienced during his time in service. While speaking, the veteran gestured his hand to his chest stating that all the memories and all the people he lost, ‘They're Mine to Keep.”

Edgar Gonzalez Baeza states, “There have been many names, far more descriptive, for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Soldier’s Heart, Combat Fatigue, and Shell Shock are some descriptive names for it. Everyone deals with it differently. [There is a] stigma that nothing but “square jawed-stoicism” or ”taking it like a man” is the only way to deal with [PTSD]. People who believe this are enacting a disservice to themselves. Often it takes a greater amount of courage to be honest with yourself. Embrace the fear and pain, cry a little."

We are so excited to have completed our first week with a group of 16 amazing teens across Chicago for our Afterschoolma...
07/10/2020

We are so excited to have completed our first week with a group of 16 amazing teens across Chicago for our Afterschoolmatters Summer 2020 - Remote Learning Edition! Our program, Creativity Caught Me Making, formerly NVAM Teen Council, invites teens of all ages to engage with NVAM's permanent collection, develop technical art making skills, and research social justice issues to create art with social impact! Thank you to our instructor Verónica Casado Hernández, a visual artist and cultural historian! We are looking forward to the artwork you all make this summer! #teensMATTER

It’s National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of its nation’s liberty and what many have sac...
06/19/2020

It’s National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of its nation’s liberty and what many have sacrificed for that freedom. The flag of the United States has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.

In honor of National Flag Week, NVAM presents “Boys with Flag,” Chicago - 1968 by NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, László Kondor, U.S. Army, Combat Photographer, Americal Division, DASPO (Department of the Army Special Photographic Office), 1969-71.

Kondor shot this photograph in Midway Park, where he lived. It was a hot and exhausting afternoon, and he had been photographing events during the Chicago Democratic Convention protests. While he was resting, he noticed a composition unfolding. Three young boys were playing with small American flags; this innocent game was in such contrast to the violence downtown. Laying down, using a 400 MM telephoto lens, he began to track the activity, waiting for what would develop. One boy joyously raised his flag momentarily framed in the fading glow of the day. It was the sixth exposure.

Kondor tells us, “I knew that was it! But I did not develop or print the image for weeks, concentrating on the violence concerning the convention events.” A few years later, the photograph would earn him his first critical acclaim. The iconic image was awarded LIFE Magazine’s Photographs of the Year Award in 1971 and was included in the corresponding national traveling exhibition - Portrait of America.

Image copyright: László Kondor

WTTW - Chicago PBS joined NVAM Executive Director, Brendan Foster for a brief interview and museum tour. Follow the link...
05/27/2020
A Virtual Tour of the National Veterans Art Museum

WTTW - Chicago PBS joined NVAM Executive Director, Brendan Foster for a brief interview and museum tour. Follow the link below to catch a virtual tour of NVAM + transcript of the interview. Thanks WTTW - Chicago PBS!

Chicago is home to an armory of art created by members of our armed forces. With Memorial Day in mind, we visited a museum with a mission.

Thank you to everyone for joining the National Veterans Art Museum in a virtual observance of Memorial Day. As the day c...
05/26/2020

Thank you to everyone for joining the National Veterans Art Museum in a virtual observance of Memorial Day. As the day comes to an end, We Remember, to honor the lives of the military service members and veterans we have lost through sharing their stories and living our lives to do the best we can to support each other each and every day.

Image: “Buddies” by NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, Mary Louise Sorrin, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Intensive-Care Nurse, 1968-69. Copyright: National Veterans Art Museum

05/26/2020
WTTW - Chicago PBS

Check out WTTW Live for a virtual tour of NVAM and a social distance interview with Executive Director, Brendan Foster.

How veterans hospitals are caring for the men and women who served. We revisit a conversation on how COVID-19 is impacting the black community. And a virtual tour of the National Veterans Arts Museum.

Allan Cupicciotti, US Army Veteran and educator, speaks about engaging with students in preparation for Memorial Day, ho...
05/25/2020
Memorial Day 2020 - Allan Cupicciotti

Allan Cupicciotti, US Army Veteran and educator, speaks about engaging with students in preparation for Memorial Day, how a regular bicycle route leads to an unexpected connection to a Vietnam Veteran on the Memorial Wall in DC, and representing his love for the Chicago bears during PT in Germany. https://vimeo.com/421998086

We Remember Memorial Day 2020 Web Series: Allan Cupicciotti, US Army Veteran and educator, speaks about engaging with students in preparation for Memorial Day, how…

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4041 N Milwaukee Ave
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