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.

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Preservation is the activity or process of keeping something valued alive, intact, or free from damage.Your support will...
05/05/2021

Preservation is the activity or process of keeping something valued alive, intact, or free from damage.

Your support will have a direct impact on artworks like Port of Shadows (Pier 31) by artist and WWII Marine Corps veteran H.C. Westermann. Currently in NVAM’s permanent collection, this drawing is recognized as a tour de force of graphic expediency.

Help keep important historical artworks like Port of Shadows (Pier 31) preserved for future generations with a donation today.

LINK: https://bit.ly/Give2Preserve

H.C. Westermann, “Port of Shadows (Pier 31).” One-color lithograph on Arches wove paper, deckled edges. Ed, 16/20, 24” x 18” in., 1967. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

For $5 a month, NVAM can continue to honor our veterans, collect their stories, and share their perspectives through wor...
05/05/2021

For $5 a month, NVAM can continue to honor our veterans, collect their stories, and share their perspectives through world-class art.

Visit www.nvam.org/donate to become a sustaining donor today.

For $5 a month, NVAM can continue to honor our veterans, collect their stories, and share their perspectives through world-class art.

Visit www.nvam.org/donate to become a sustaining donor today.

Supporters of NVAM ensure unfiltered, world-class veteran art continues to inspire reflection. Make a donation supportin...
04/21/2021

Supporters of NVAM ensure unfiltered, world-class veteran art continues to inspire reflection.

Make a donation supporting veteran art today.

Donate now at www.nvam.org/donate

Supporters of NVAM ensure unfiltered, world-class veteran art continues to inspire reflection.

Make a donation supporting veteran art today.

Donate now at www.nvam.org/donate

Purchase with purpose when you shop online. Do your shopping at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the...
04/14/2021

Purchase with purpose when you shop online.

Do your shopping at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to NVAM!

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Purchase with purpose when you shop online.

Do your shopping at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to NVAM!

You shop. Amazon gives.

We are happy to announce the relaunch of our digital newsletter, Transmissions! Transmissions is a quarterly publication...
04/07/2021

We are happy to announce the relaunch of our digital newsletter, Transmissions!

Transmissions is a quarterly publication for the friends, members, supporters, partners, and volunteers of NVAM. Inside each issue you’ll find content sharing the latest news about current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, features showcasing behind-the-scenes initiatives, and other exciting updates about NVAM’s work supporting veterans and veteran artists.

Read Transmissions now, and don’t forget to subscribe to receive future issues!

Link: https://nvam.readz.com/home-smkm9

We are happy to announce the relaunch of our digital newsletter, Transmissions!

Transmissions is a quarterly publication for the friends, members, supporters, partners, and volunteers of NVAM. Inside each issue you’ll find content sharing the latest news about current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, features showcasing behind-the-scenes initiatives, and other exciting updates about NVAM’s work supporting veterans and veteran artists.

Read Transmissions now, and don’t forget to subscribe to receive future issues!

Link: https://nvam.readz.com/home-smkm9

With your gift of $5 a month, we can continue to provide a resounding voice for veterans now, and well into the future.B...
04/07/2021

With your gift of $5 a month, we can continue to provide a resounding voice for veterans now, and well into the future.

Become a sustaining donor today at www.nvam.org/donate

With your gift of $5 a month, we can continue to provide a resounding voice for veterans now, and well into the future.

Become a sustaining donor today at www.nvam.org/donate

NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, Frank Romeo is a decorated Vietnam veteran, artist, and educator. His painting, “Why” ...
03/31/2021

NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, Frank Romeo is a decorated Vietnam veteran, artist, and educator. His painting, “Why” is in our permanent collection and was included in the 2013 NVAM exhibition, “Tenacity and Truth.”

Romeo continues to inspire us with his work and life story documented in the upcoming film, Walk With Frank. The film captures his 50-mile, three-month walk across New York State in advocacy for PTSD awareness, which began on the occasion of his 70th birthday, March 1, 2019.

A virtual screening of excerpts from the upcoming film is happening tomorrow, April 1 at 6pm CDT. The screening will be accompanied by discussion with Frank Romeo and Filmmaker, Ryan Mayers. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-talks-with-video-activists-walk-with-frank-tickets-144706355605

The event is presented by Media Burn in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Department of Cinema and Media Studies.

Frank Romeo, “Why.” Oil on canvas, 1996. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

NVAM Permanent Collection Artist, Frank Romeo is a decorated Vietnam veteran, artist, and educator. His painting, “Why” is in our permanent collection and was included in the 2013 NVAM exhibition, “Tenacity and Truth.”

Romeo continues to inspire us with his work and life story documented in the upcoming film, Walk With Frank. The film captures his 50-mile, three-month walk across New York State in advocacy for PTSD awareness, which began on the occasion of his 70th birthday, March 1, 2019.

A virtual screening of excerpts from the upcoming film is happening tomorrow, April 1 at 6pm CDT. The screening will be accompanied by discussion with Frank Romeo and Filmmaker, Ryan Mayers. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-talks-with-video-activists-walk-with-frank-tickets-144706355605

The event is presented by Media Burn in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Department of Cinema and Media Studies.

Frank Romeo, “Why.” Oil on canvas, 1996. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

We continue to celebrate women Veteran artists as part of Women's History Month.U.S. Air Force Veteran Erica Slone serve...
03/30/2021

We continue to celebrate women Veteran artists as part of Women's History Month.

U.S. Air Force Veteran Erica Slone served in Iraq. Her work "An Unfit Effect" is in our permanent collection. She says, "This work conflates the religion-based mentality behind the controversial issues of homosexuals serving under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, women in combat, and behind the historical conflicts in the Middle East."

Slone's work has appeared in several NVAM exhibitions. She served as an Artist in Residence 2013-2014, when she worked on-site in a self-made studio space. During the residency she encouraged museum visitors to interact with her artistic process through questions and discussion. Here, she is talking to some teachers during a Professional Development event.

Erica Slone, "An Unfit Effect." Mixed media installation. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

#nvam #veteransart #veteransexperiences #womenshistorymont

Commemorating the Vietnam War
03/29/2021
Commemorating the Vietnam War

Commemorating the Vietnam War

Some 9 million Americans wore the nation's uniform during the Vietnam War period, including more than 58,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice and more than 1,500 who remain missing in action and unaccounted for. The Defense Department is privileged to assist our nation in thanking and honoring these....

Welcome home! Today and every day we honor and thank all veterans of the Vietnam War.#otd in 1973, the last combat troop...
03/29/2021
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Welcome home! Today and every day we honor and thank all veterans of the Vietnam War.

#otd in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.

Those of you who want to learn more about the Vietnam War Veterans' experience, please visit our interactive webpage "The Things They Carried," inspired by the classic Vietnam War book by Tim O'Brien. https://nvam.readz.com/home

Schedule a virtual tour of our physical gallery "The Things They Carried," that offers experiential storytelling as a companion to O'Brien's book. Connect with NVAM’s Education & Programs Manager, Moki Tantoco at [email protected].

Visit "Above and Beyond" at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State St, Chicago. Our installation includes 58,307 dog tags, each of which represents a U.S. fatality in the Vietnam War, showing their name, military branch and date of death.

#nvam #veteransart #veteransexperience #nationalvietnamwarveteransday

National Veterans Art Museum

Kristy Herman served in the U.S. Air Force 2001-2006. Her mixed media work, "Code of Conduct" is in our permanent collec...
03/26/2021

Kristy Herman served in the U.S. Air Force 2001-2006. Her mixed media work, "Code of Conduct" is in our permanent collection. In addition to the armed soldier, the U.S. flag flying and the coffin draped with the flag, text quotes from the U.S. Armed Forces' Code of Conduct: "I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense."

Kristy Herman served in the U.S. Air Force 2001-2006. Her mixed media work, "Code of Conduct" is in our permanent collection. In addition to the armed soldier, the U.S. flag flying and the coffin draped with the flag, text quotes from the U.S. Armed Forces' Code of Conduct: "I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense."

Your donation helps fund amazing projects like “Above and Beyond.”NVAM invites you to visit the Harold Washington Librar...
03/24/2021

Your donation helps fund amazing projects like “Above and Beyond.”

NVAM invites you to visit the Harold Washington Library at 400 W. State St. in Chicago, IL to see our memorial installation, “Above and Beyond.”

We hope it will inspire you to make a gift supporting the NVAM mission.

Donate today: www.nvam.org/donate

Your donation helps fund amazing projects like “Above and Beyond.”

NVAM invites you to visit the Harold Washington Library at 400 W. State St. in Chicago, IL to see our memorial installation, “Above and Beyond.”

We hope it will inspire you to make a gift supporting the NVAM mission.

Donate today: www.nvam.org/donate

#tbt In 2012 our exhibition Overlooked / Looked Over, featuring work by 8 women veteran artists, shone a light on the un...
03/18/2021
Overlooked / Looked Over: Opening Reception - Artist Talks

#tbt In 2012 our exhibition Overlooked / Looked Over, featuring work by 8 women veteran artists, shone a light on the unique experiences of women during service, in war, and as veterans. Erica Slone, who served with the U.S. Air Force in Iraq, was the curator.

The video captures some of the artists speaking about themselves and their works at the opening reception.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll0-K5hsxR0

#nvam #womenveteransart #womenveteransexperience #overlookedlookedover #womenshistorymonth

Featuring art by eight women veterans, Overlooked / Looked Over shines a light on the unique experiences of women during service, in war, and as veterans. Th...

Do you use Amazon for online purchases? How about supporting NVAM when shopping online at Amazon Smile!You shop. Amazon ...
03/17/2021

Do you use Amazon for online purchases? How about supporting NVAM when shopping online at Amazon Smile!

You shop. Amazon gives.

Do you use Amazon for online purchases? How about supporting NVAM when shopping online at Amazon Smile!

You shop. Amazon gives.

"I am a mother, writer, and mixed medium visual artist." Chantelle Bateman served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, 20...
03/09/2021

"I am a mother, writer, and mixed medium visual artist." Chantelle Bateman served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, 2004-2005. Her work "Died for Peace" is in our permanent collection.

Chantelle Bateman, “Died for Peace.” Ink on handmade paper, 11 x 8.5 in. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

You can hear her read her poem "I Remember" and talk about PTSD. at https://vimeo.com/132052107

"I am a mother, writer, and mixed medium visual artist." Chantelle Bateman served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, 2004-2005. Her work "Died for Peace" is in our permanent collection.

Chantelle Bateman, “Died for Peace.” Ink on handmade paper, 11 x 8.5 in. Collection of the National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

You can hear her read her poem "I Remember" and talk about PTSD. at https://vimeo.com/132052107

Call for work: 2021 Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Post-9/11 U.S. Military Veteran Artists The theme is art an...
03/03/2021

Call for work: 2021 Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Post-9/11 U.S. Military Veteran Artists

The theme is art and service and how these two worlds conflate within the Post-9/11 veteran artist's practice and work. Submissions will be accepted from U.S. Military veteran artists nationwide, both emerging and established. All mediums accepted. Free to submit.

Deadline to submit: March 20, 2021
Exhibition dates: Sep 4, 2021-Aug 13, 2022
Link to Submit: https://www.nvam.org/submissions.html

Call for work: 2021 Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Post-9/11 U.S. Military Veteran Artists

The theme is art and service and how these two worlds conflate within the Post-9/11 veteran artist's practice and work. Submissions will be accepted from U.S. Military veteran artists nationwide, both emerging and established. All mediums accepted. Free to submit.

Deadline to submit: March 20, 2021
Exhibition dates: Sep 4, 2021-Aug 13, 2022
Link to Submit: https://www.nvam.org/submissions.html

For just $5 a month, you can support the veteran voice and help NVAM share their stories through transformative art. Com...
03/03/2021

For just $5 a month, you can support the veteran voice and help NVAM share their stories through transformative art.

Commit to becoming a NVAM sustaining donor today with a recurring gift at www.nvam.org/donate

For just $5 a month, you can support the veteran voice and help NVAM share their stories through transformative art.

Commit to becoming a NVAM sustaining donor today with a recurring gift at www.nvam.org/donate

Reminder! "Virtual staycation" Friday, Feb 26, 5pm Eastern Time.  View artwork created by veterans. Experience the more ...
02/25/2021

Reminder! "Virtual staycation" Friday, Feb 26, 5pm Eastern Time. View artwork created by veterans. Experience the more artful side of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's history. Free, but you must register--see below.

Join the Intrepid Museum and fellow veterans, service members, and their loved ones for a virtual staycation. We will be Zooming into Chicago to visit the National Veterans Art Museum to view artwork created by veterans, highlighting works by Vietnam War veterans, while experiencing the more artful side of Intrepid’s history. http://bit.ly/2OwFV7k

Karin Rodney-Hodge (formerly Rodney-Haapala) is a Black Veteran visual artist and storyteller. Her written narratives an...
02/25/2021

Karin Rodney-Hodge (formerly Rodney-Haapala) is a Black Veteran visual artist and storyteller. Her written narratives and images construct and deconstruct collective and individual memory and identity, as seen in the journal entry "OCD" and visual image "OCD"

As a Combat Veteran of the United States Air Force, Rodney-Hodge pursued photography seriously while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq, documenting her stay and those who worked with her while engaging and interacting with the Iraqi people.

“Incidents- OCD, Journal Entry” and “OCD” by Karin Rodney-Haapala (b. 1978). Graphite on mounted paper and archival pigment print, 2013. Collection of National Veterans Art Museum. All rights reserved.

Today is the 5-year anniversary of the Harold Washington Library Center opening for "Above and Beyond." The memorial wor...
02/20/2021
Art Piece At Harold Washington Library Uses Dog Tags To Represent U.S. Soldiers Killed In Vietnam

Today is the 5-year anniversary of the Harold Washington Library Center opening for "Above and Beyond." The memorial work consists of 58,307 dog tags, each representing a person killed in action during the Vietnam War; an additional black tag reminds viewers of those who died from conditions related to their Vietnam War service.

The work had been installed at our previous location, but when we moved to Portage Park it went into storage. We are delighted to display it at the library, where it is viewed by approximately 50,000 annually.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/02/20/art-piece-at-harold-washington-library-uses-dog-tags-to-represent-u-s-soldiers-killed-in-vietnam/

"Above and Beyond" was created by artist Rick Steinbock and veteran artists Ned Broderick, Joe Fornelli and Mike Helbing. The work was commissioned by NVAM and is part of our permanent collection. Please check library hours for viewing at 400 S State St, Chicago.

An art exhibit created by Vietnam War veterans was unveiled today at the Harold Washington Library, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

"Who cleans all those dog tags?" In 2016 NVAM staff and volunteers were preparing "Above and Beyond" for installation at...
02/20/2021
Who Cleans All Those Veteran Dog Tags in Museum Exhibit? Young Veterans

"Who cleans all those dog tags?" In 2016 NVAM staff and volunteers were preparing "Above and Beyond" for installation at the Harold Washington Library Center.

58,307 dog tags were taken out of storage. Each dog tag represents a person killed in action during the Vietnam War, and an additional black tag reminds viewers of those who died from conditions related to their Vietnam War service. Workers went through all of the names one by one, making sure there was a dog tag for each veteran, cleaning the dog tags, and preparing them for exhibition.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160125/portage-park/who-cleans-all-those-veteran-dog-tags-museum-exhibit-young-veterans/

"Above and Beyond" was created by artist Rick Steinbock and veteran artists Ned Broderick, Joe Fornelli and Mike Helbing. The work was commissioned by NVAM and is part of our permanent collection. It is on view at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St, Chicago. Please check library hours for viewing.

A group of post-9/11 veterans have volunteered to help with a memorial to Vietnam War veterans.

Did you know that NVAM is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that supports the collection, exhibition, and preservation ve...
02/17/2021

Did you know that NVAM is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that supports the collection, exhibition, and preservation veteran-created art?

When you donate to NVAM, you directly help the museum grow and preserve its permanent collection, protecting it for future generations.

Donate today at www.nvam.org/donate

Did you know that NVAM is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that supports the collection, exhibition, and preservation veteran-created art?

When you donate to NVAM, you directly help the museum grow and preserve its permanent collection, protecting it for future generations.

Donate today at www.nvam.org/donate

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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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Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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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.