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.

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.

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"A requiem piece." That's how Victoria Bryers describes her artwork "And the Towers Fell." Bryers lived looking at the T...
09/10/2021

"A requiem piece." That's how Victoria Bryers describes her artwork "And the Towers Fell." Bryers lived looking at the Towers for a number of years and worked near them, and 9/11 was especially emotional for her.

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 draws near, we are remembering.

Bryers is a Veteran who served with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserves for a total of 30 years. "And the Towers Fell" is in the Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

"A requiem piece." That's how Victoria Bryers describes her artwork "And the Towers Fell." Bryers lived looking at the Towers for a number of years and worked near them, and 9/11 was especially emotional for her.

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 draws near, we are remembering.

Bryers is a Veteran who served with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserves for a total of 30 years. "And the Towers Fell" is in the Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We are excited about our new exhibition, Scene | Unseen: Artistic Engagement as a Ritual of Return Post 9/11 and are loo...
08/31/2021

We are excited about our new exhibition, Scene | Unseen: Artistic Engagement as a Ritual of Return Post 9/11 and are looking forward to the September opening. Check back for details.

We are excited about our new exhibition, Scene | Unseen: Artistic Engagement as a Ritual of Return Post 9/11 and are looking forward to the September opening. Check back for details.

We're working to install a new exhibition! The museum is closed while we are converting gallery space. Stay tuned for mo...
08/28/2021

We're working to install a new exhibition! The museum is closed while we are converting gallery space. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming show and reopening details.

We're working to install a new exhibition! The museum is closed while we are converting gallery space. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming show and reopening details.

The museum is now closed in order to install a new exhibition! We are working to convert gallery space and will reopen s...
08/25/2021

The museum is now closed in order to install a new exhibition! We are working to convert gallery space and will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned!

The museum is now closed in order to install a new exhibition! We are working to convert gallery space and will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 21st, 10am-5pm is your last chance to see some of our exhibitions before we turn the gallery space over...
08/21/2021

Saturday, August 21st, 10am-5pm is your last chance to see some of our exhibitions before we turn the gallery space over to an exciting new show.

Don't miss "We Are Resilience: Masks of Hope," which features the artwork of military children in our arts education program with Kids Rank; Works on Paper; the women Veterans art gallery; and more.

We will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned!

Museum visitors get 10% off their bill at Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners, a sports bar just across the street. Stop by to pick up your coupon.

Saturday, August 21st, 10am-5pm is your last chance to see some of our exhibitions before we turn the gallery space over to an exciting new show.

Don't miss "We Are Resilience: Masks of Hope," which features the artwork of military children in our arts education program with Kids Rank; Works on Paper; the women Veterans art gallery; and more.

We will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned!

Museum visitors get 10% off their bill at Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners, a sports bar just across the street. Stop by to pick up your coupon.

We will be installing an exciting new exhibition! Come see works by women Veteran artists before the space is occupied n...
08/19/2021

We will be installing an exciting new exhibition! Come see works by women Veteran artists before the space is occupied new art.

We will be open Fri, Aug 20 and Sat, Aug 21, 10am to 5pm, but then will be closed temporarily for gallery turnover. We will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned for more details.

Don't forget to pick up your Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners coupon for 10% off your bill at the sports bar.

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran artist Chantelle Bateman served in Iraq 2004-2005. Three of her artworks are currently on view in our galleries: "Died for Peace," "Love" and "Yes I am a Veteran." All are ink on handmade paper. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We will be installing an exciting new exhibition! Come see works by women Veteran artists before the space is occupied new art.

We will be open Fri, Aug 20 and Sat, Aug 21, 10am to 5pm, but then will be closed temporarily for gallery turnover. We will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned for more details.

Don't forget to pick up your Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners coupon for 10% off your bill at the sports bar.

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran artist Chantelle Bateman served in Iraq 2004-2005. Three of her artworks are currently on view in our galleries: "Died for Peace," "Love" and "Yes I am a Veteran." All are ink on handmade paper. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We will be installing an exciting new exhibition! We will be open Wed, Aug 18, Fri, Aug 20 and Sat, Aug 21, 10am to 5pm,...
08/17/2021

We will be installing an exciting new exhibition! We will be open Wed, Aug 18, Fri, Aug 20 and Sat, Aug 21, 10am to 5pm, but then will be closed temporarily for gallery turnover. We will reopen sometime in September. Stay tuned for more details.

While we're open, stop by the museum to pick up your coupon for 10% off the bill at Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners. We are happy that the sports bar, located across the street at 4058 N Milwaukee Ave, is supporting the museum with this special offer for NVAM visitors.

Visit the museum and explore the neighborhood!Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners is offering 10% off the bill for NVAM visito...
08/07/2021

Visit the museum and explore the neighborhood!

Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners is offering 10% off the bill for NVAM visitors. Stop by the museum to pick up your coupon.

This sports bar, located across the street at 4058 N Milwaukee Ave, is a "destination for craft beers, a lively staff, great music, premium steel tip darts, and delectable classic cocktails" and offers outside seating.

We will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Visit the museum and explore the neighborhood!

Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners is offering 10% off the bill for NVAM visitors. Stop by the museum to pick up your coupon.

This sports bar, located across the street at 4058 N Milwaukee Ave, is a "destination for craft beers, a lively staff, great music, premium steel tip darts, and delectable classic cocktails" and offers outside seating.

We will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Drop by! We have REOPENED on a reduced schedule.While you're here, you can stroll around the neighborhood to see various...
08/06/2021

Drop by! We have REOPENED on a reduced schedule.

While you're here, you can stroll around the neighborhood to see various examples of public art, including a mural with works by 2 Veteran artists. Take the pass-through by Jimmy John's at 4021 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.

We are following, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

We have REOPENED on a reduced schedule. Come see our collection, including "The Things They Carried," inspired by the cl...
08/04/2021

We have REOPENED on a reduced schedule. Come see our collection, including "The Things They Carried," inspired by the classic Vietnam War book by Tim O'Brien.

This permanent exhibition is a favorite with museum goers of all ages and experiences because it allows visitors to pick up, examine, and try on the gear and equipment on display. Accompanied by paintings and photos created by Veteran artists, "The Things They Carried" is an engaging and informative way to contemplate the experiences of those who served.

Veterans as well as civilians find the experience meaningful. Here, a Vietnam Vet revisits his service and shows us a portrait of himself in uniform during his service in the war.

We are following, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Maybe you've visited the museum in the past and would like to see it again, or maybe you've been meaning to come but hav...
07/31/2021

Maybe you've visited the museum in the past and would like to see it again, or maybe you've been meaning to come but haven't gotten around to it.

We have REOPENED on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Maybe you've visited the museum in the past and would like to see it again, or maybe you've been meaning to come but haven't gotten around to it.

We have REOPENED on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

A bridge to understanding."The museum is here for you." It is "a bridge through both sides of the fence"—for Veterans an...
07/29/2021
The National Veterans Art Museum: A Bridge to Understanding

A bridge to understanding.

"The museum is here for you." It is "a bridge through both sides of the fence"—for Veterans and civilians.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udRBTkxgUE0

Enjoy a visit to Six Corners. When you come to visit the museum, you might want to get a bite to eat. Right here on Milw...
07/27/2021

Enjoy a visit to Six Corners. When you come to visit the museum, you might want to get a bite to eat. Right here on Milwaukee Ave, just steps from the museum, you can find a variety of eateries from fast and casual to more upscale: Fannie's, Jimmy John's,
Lomas Verdes, Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners, and Community Tavern. And you can find more options around the corner on Irving Park Rd.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Enjoy a visit to Six Corners. When you come to visit the museum, you might want to get a bite to eat. Right here on Milwaukee Ave, just steps from the museum, you can find a variety of eateries from fast and casual to more upscale: Fannie's, Jimmy John's,
Lomas Verdes, Gracie O'Malley's Six Corners, and Community Tavern. And you can find more options around the corner on Irving Park Rd.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Stop by and see works from our permanent collection, including masterful silkscreen prints created by famed Veteran auth...
07/27/2021

Stop by and see works from our permanent collection, including masterful silkscreen prints created by famed Veteran author and artist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (U.S. Army, served in World War II). Vonnegut partnered with a professional printer, Joe Petro, who translated Vonnegut's drawings into prints. NVAM has over 40 of their silkscreen prints, a gift from the Nielsen Family in memory of Faith Nielsen.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., "Self Portrait." Silkscreen. Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Stop by and see works from our permanent collection, including masterful silkscreen prints created by famed Veteran author and artist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (U.S. Army, served in World War II). Vonnegut partnered with a professional printer, Joe Petro, who translated Vonnegut's drawings into prints. NVAM has over 40 of their silkscreen prints, a gift from the Nielsen Family in memory of Faith Nielsen.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., "Self Portrait." Silkscreen. Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

07/19/2021

We must protect and maintain Veteran artworks in our permanent collection so they can last for posterity. Each one has artistic, historical and contextual significance.

This Work on Paper showed staining and cockling when it came into our collection and needed preservation work. Some of the tools used included a bone file, hake brush, razor blade, and eraser bag.

We are coming to end of our "Give to Preserve" campaign and need your support. Please join us in preserving our world-class artworks by donating today: https://bit.ly/Give2Preserve
Video shot by Zachary Keltner and edited by NVAM.

When you walk into our first gallery, your eyes will be caught by colorful masks. NVAM’s partner exhibit "We Are Resilie...
07/13/2021

When you walk into our first gallery, your eyes will be caught by colorful masks. NVAM’s partner exhibit "We Are Resilience: Masks of Hope," features the artwork of military children in our arts education program with Kids Rank

Inspired by an art therapy technique with veterans, 100 masks were created by children of active duty and veteran service members to express their experience as a military child. The program was documented by Zachary Keltner and published as an exhibition catalog. Thank you, The Allstate Foundation for making the catalog possible!

Visit NVAM to explore the exhibit during our public hours on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am -5pm. Exhibition catalogs are available for purchase in our gift shop and are $25.00.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance.

Stop by to see works in our permanent collection such as "Heroes" by Ulysses Marshall (U.S. Army, served in Vietnam). He...
07/09/2021

Stop by to see works in our permanent collection such as "Heroes" by Ulysses Marshall (U.S. Army, served in Vietnam). He said, "After I got home and began to paint, I wrote about the war as I had experienced it through the eyes of a nineteen-year-old black man."

This is one of Megan's favorite paintings at the museum. She tells us that it’s one she returns to often “…because of the artist’s unique use of perspective and its subtle nod to Cubism.” She pointed out several details, including the paper collage elements used to create lifelike eyes and the artist’s signature, which is vertical rather than horizontal; something that Megan says is evidence of his experimentation in the use of perspective.

Ulysses Marshall, "Heroes." Mixed media, 1983. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We have reopened on a reduced schedule and will follow, at a minimum, all City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and CDC guidelines. Our current days open to the public are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. In addition to public days, NVAM will also host private tours, Tuesday through Saturday, when scheduled in advance. Construction is taking place next door, but it does not impede entrance to the museum.

Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a happy and safe celebration. Today we are thinking of our Veterans—from the Revolut...
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a happy and safe celebration. Today we are thinking of our Veterans—from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

"REhumanization" by Peter Sullivan (U.S. Army, National Guard; deployed to Illlinois, Germany & Louisiana).

Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a happy and safe celebration. Today we are thinking of our Veterans—from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

"REhumanization" by Peter Sullivan (U.S. Army, National Guard; deployed to Illlinois, Germany & Louisiana).

This week NVAM’s Executive Director Brendan Foster joined veteran artist, Frank Romeo at The Queens World Film Festival ...
07/02/2021

This week NVAM’s Executive Director Brendan Foster joined veteran artist, Frank Romeo at The Queens World Film Festival for a live premiere screening of Walk With Frank. The film documents Frank’s walk across New York State. By walking, Frank hopes to shed light on the true experience of the American soldier, the ongoing struggles facing the mental health and homeless communities, and hopefully inspire others to open up about their own mental illness. https://www.walkwithfrankfilm.com/

Stay tuned for more screening events in the future!

Learn more about Frank and his artwork in the NVAM Permanent Collection: https://bit.ly/NVAMRomeo

This week NVAM’s Executive Director Brendan Foster joined veteran artist, Frank Romeo at The Queens World Film Festival for a live premiere screening of Walk With Frank. The film documents Frank’s walk across New York State. By walking, Frank hopes to shed light on the true experience of the American soldier, the ongoing struggles facing the mental health and homeless communities, and hopefully inspire others to open up about their own mental illness. https://www.walkwithfrankfilm.com/

Stay tuned for more screening events in the future!

Learn more about Frank and his artwork in the NVAM Permanent Collection: https://bit.ly/NVAMRomeo

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4041 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
60641

Take the Blue or Red Line "L" to Irving Park. Take CTA bus number 80 (Irving Park) toward Cumberland (west). Get off at Irving Park / Cicero / Milwaukee and walk one block northeast to 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

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Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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This is my Christmas tree for 2020 soldiers tree. There’s two items underneath the tree that came back with me from Vietnam and 68. Square square duffel bag on the right and my laundry bag is cut a shirt hanging out of it those two or original. You you like to trade I’m trying to do better each year.
A truly unique museum in Chicago. Greta for school field trips to better understand the veteran's experience as well as study different genres of art
CALL FOR ENTRIES! Estrada Garcia Gallery invites artists to submit work for the 2020 HONORING ALL WHO SERVED Online Art Show and Competition SHOW LOCATION – ONLINE at www.estradagarciagallery.org CALL DESCRIPTION – Judith Estrada Garcia, owner of the Estrada Garcia Gallery located at 206 West 10th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626 is a retired United States Marine and wishes to take this opportunity to honor her brothers and sisters in arms who have proudly served this nation by holding this National Invitational juried online show for the upcoming 2020 Veteran’s Day. Entries to HONORING ALL WHO SERVED may be somber, insightful, loving or even playful renderings respecting the contributions of both men and women from all branches of service. Though this is an online only show, all works in the show will be for sale through Estrada Garcia Gallery with 10% of the commission going to Art Spark Texas, helping disabled veterans and artists throughout the state. ELIGIBILITY - All artists 18 years or older, working in the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and digital art are invited to submit up to 5 pieces (see information below) for jury selection that “Honors Those Who Served”. DATES AND ENTRY DETAILS - Submit images of your work at 120 dpi to www.artist.callforentry.org no later than 12:00 a.m. on November 1, 2020. Successful entries will be announced by 12:00 a.m. on November 11, 2020. The show will go online Veteran’s Day November 11, 2020 and will remain online through January 15, 2021. All work in the show will be for sale through Estrada Garcia Gallery with a 30% sales commission retained by the gallery. Funds will not be dispersed unless and until the work is delivered to the gallery. FEES AND PRIZES - Artists may enter up to 3 pieces for $30.00 with an option to enter another 2 pieces for $10.00 each for a chance to win up to $1,650.00 in prizes. Prizes will be awarded as follows: First Place - $800 cash with the winning artwork posted on Artsy for 6 months which is a value of $300.00. Total Value for First Place = $1,100.00. Second Place - $400.00 cash with the second place work published on Artsy for 3 months which is a value of $150.00. Total Value for Second Place = $550.00. OUR JURORS Michelle Godinez – An educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 27 years, Michelle has used her education in arts from Cal State University Los Angeles to help Gifted and Talented students reach their maximum potential through Art. Donna Staten - Donna has been a leader in art education for over 30 years. During this time she presented national workshops for Michael’s, and was a leader with the online student gallery Artsonia for 15 years where her school was ranked #1 in Texas 13 times and in the nation 3 times. She previously served on a Fine Arts Panel for the Texas Education Agency. Donna is known among art teachers, & over 117,000 followers, for her almost 500 art ed focused boards on Pinterest. She was featured on the Pinterest blog & was named an Educational Pinfluencer by the site. She has been interviewed by many news outlets including USA Today & NBC News. Melton R. Guthrie – As an award-winning Central Texas artist Melton has been creating thought provoking images in oil paint for over four decades. The University of Texas educated son of a United States Marine who made the Inchon landing and was surrounded by Chinese at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, Melton knows firsthand about the sacrifices made by those who served.
Most Veterans are not aware of the eldercare benefits available through the VA health care system- one program is called the VA Aid & Attendance - which can provide up to $2200 per month for veterans and their spouses which is used to pay for personal care services.
Hello I am a veteran photographer who has found a mental health outlet in photography. I’m a huge supporter of veterans and mental health. I am working in building my business to help promote mental health, art therapy and awareness of this epidemic. I am searching for sponsors to help as I start what I hope to be a big step in my advocacy and teaching others about therapeutic photography. https://www.gofundme.com/f/ransomart-photography?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=8469f6cba0e14b159a71a54b62032e9d Thank you and God bless, Amanda Ransom RansomArt Photography
Influenced by Caspar David Friedrich's painting 1824, I invented the Disaster School of Art showing pictures drawings of the Titanic Sinking under the water, planes colliding on the Canary Islands, the Columbia and Challenger Accidents and the Thresher and Scorpion sinking. James T. Struck BA, BS, AA, MLIS
ENTER "JOURNEYS ONWARD" TODAY! Are you a U.S. Armed Forces 🇺🇸 veteran, or currently serving👩‍✈️👨‍✈️? A family member 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 of someone who is serving or a veteran? Military experiences impact service members and their families in many ways - positively and negatively. Often, they are not easy to communicate to others. RICPA's "Journeys Onward" exhibit is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to share your MILITARY EXPERIENCES through your photographic art and your own words. Your art does not need to have military imagery. Let your words connect your art and experiences. To learn more and enter, click on https://www.riphotocenter.org/journeys-onward-a-call-for-entries/.
SHARE YOUR VETERAN AND MILITARY experiences through images and related words. The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Art's JOURNEYS ONWARD is a juried exhibit exploring the photographic artistic expression of U.S. Armed Forces veterans and their families in the context of their military experiences. Enter by Sunday, August 18th. Many want to tell their stories, and those conversations can be difficult to start. Art can help. Learn about this call for entry and related activities by clicking on the image below.
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Northwest side friends, the NVAM is a very cool local art museum.