FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBIT BRINGS ART BY VETERANS TOGETHER WITH PAINTINGS AND STORIES ABOUT VETERANS
Exhibit at Northern Trust Bank Showcases Artwork from the National Veterans Art Museum and Portraits by Jeanine Hill-Soldner
Chicago, Ill. (July 2011) – As part of a renewed emphasis on local outreach, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to announce it is part of Northern Trust Bank’s new patriotism-themed art exhibit. The exhibit, entitled “Honoring and Remembering,” is located at 50 S. LaSalle Street and will run until August 29th.
The exhibit features nearly 30 pieces of art from the National Veterans Art Museum’s collection by veterans of the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq Wars. In addition to pieces from the Museum’s collection, there are an additional 15 portraits of veterans by NVAM collaborator Jeanine Hill-Soldner. Highlights of the exhibit include Charles Salerno’s “Honoring and Remembering,” Charlie Shobe’s “Jungle Boots,” Laszlo Kondor’s “Xmas Party,” an untitled piece from Ash Kyrie’s “Transfers From War” series, digital prints by Jessica Ross and selections from Hill-Soldner’s “Portraits of American Veterans Project.”
“We are grateful to the Northern Trust Bank for the opportunity to share the art in our collection with a wider audience. This exhibit allows us to increase the exposure to our collection beyond just on our website and at our South Loop facility,” said NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore. The Museum’s website is www.NVAM.org and is physically located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue. Moore added, “what is truly unique about this show is that it puts the art in our collection, which is inspired by veterans’ combat experiences, into dialogue with Jeanine Hill-Soldner’s portraits of veterans. Not only do viewers get to see the veterans’ art, but they also get to see an artist’s perspective of veterans. This is the type of project we want to promote to our supporters who we hope will assist us in remaining in Chicago.” The Museum is currently raising funds to move to a new facility in 2012.
The Northern Trust Bank “Honoring and Remembering” exhibit is free and open to the public during regular bank hours. For more information, call 312-630-6000 or visit www.nvam.org.
About the National Veterans Art Museum
Formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences. Currently, the Museum is raising funds for a relocation effort with a goal of remaining in Chicago. To learn more about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org.
About the “Portraits of American Veterans Project”
Founded by Chicago area fine artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner in August 2009, “Portraits of American Veterans Project” represents veterans who served in America’s foreign conflicts and at home and chronicles their stories. The “Portraits of American Veterans Project” incorporates original oil paintings of local American veterans with photographs and stories about the veterans told in their own words. To learn more about the “Portraits of American Veterans Project,” visit http://www.soldnerfineart.com.
The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Third Floor, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 general admission and $7.00 seniors and students. Admission is free for veterans and active military and their dependents. For group admission reservations, call the museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org.