Invisible Becoming Visible: An Exhibition of Veterans’ Art

NATIONAL VETERANS ART EXHIBIT
at University of North Florida

Invisible Becoming Visible: An Exhibition of Veterans’ Art

October 29 – December 7, 2018
Reception: November 8, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
UNF Lufrano Intercultural Gallery

Located in UNF Student Union/Bldg. 58E,
Room 2309, 2 nd Floor, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
Parking at adjacent Arena Parking Garage/Bldg. 38, $5 for parking

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Please join us for this first nationally curated veteran art exhibit of its genre; exploring the healing power of art by veterans from 60 years of military service spanning the Cold War to the Middle East hostilities.

Military life is not easy and making the decision to volunteer is hard as well; there is the feeling of duty to serve one’s country, but also the feeling of knowing you have to leave loved ones behind. On a daily basis, these men and women deal with hostile situations, threats of being injured or disabled and the hardest and scariest issue of all, the imminence of death.

To recover and start the healing process from the nightmare of hostile environments and war zones, veterans have embraced art as an outlet to release their emotions to make the invisible become visible. For them, art becomes a catharsis to release the trauma and mental torture of the past while opening venues of healing, forgiveness, enlightenment, and fostering an understanding for their loved ones and society.

Six veterans were selected from a diverse group of demographics and the various branches. They have been recognized with numerous awards and decorations including the POW Medal, several Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars.

Our veteran artists served our Country unselfishly; with distinction, valor and honor!
Please extend your gratitude and “thanks” by donating for their travel and lodging
expenses while they honor us with their presence during the Reception at the UNF Lufrano Intercultural Gallery.

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All donations are for the veterans!

The featured Veteran artists are:

MAJOR THEODORE GOSTAS , Army Major (RET).
Former POW, Service in Viet Nam Spent 4.5 years in solitary confinement of 5+ as a POW.
“Even when they were killing me I was laughing, because I was crazy!” Painter/Poet. National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago. Most renowned POW Artist/Poet. Book of poems, “Prisoner”. Hero & Icon!

JOHNATHAN CLARK , Army, 173d Airborne Brigade.
Service Related Medical Discharge. Service in Post 9/11 Afghanistan.
Currently living in veteran homeless shelter in Chicago. Raw, edgy, trending collages. On the move! Keep watching him!

BARBARA BARNETT (HARSH), Army. Medically Discharged (PTSD).
Service in Germany, Cold War/Vietnam Era. PhD in Psychology.
“Art has saved my life, adding an amazing tool for dealing with pain and keeping my soul alive.” See Seattle Times’ video, Amnesia/Denial; Powerful “Woman Warriors” series! Published Author/Poet.

DAVID KEEFE , Marine Corps. Service in Post 9/11 Iraq (Riverine Infantry Scout).
Currently Senior Assistant Dean, Columbia University, NY. Prolific artist with numerous exhibitions, awards, residencies, publications. Exhibit coordinator, curator and author. Co-developed Combat papers. MFA, BFA.

JAMES (JIM) MILLER , Army. Service Related Disability Retirement (PTSD), Combat Veteran, Kuwait .
Uses art creations to navigate his emotional upheaval (PTSD) and combat injuries upon returning home. Explosive drawings, childlike simplicity at times, graffiti images. Exciting, fresh, riveting multimedia works. Member of Limp Goat Art Collective. Former Art Coordinator at Veterans Therapeutic Art Center, North IN.

SKIP ROHDE , Navy (RET). Service in Cold War (Bosnia), Vietnam Era, Post 9/11 (Afghanistan).
Eclectic mix of artwork; pastels, paintings of political/social satirical commentaries. Classic and representational renderings of people and places. 80+ drawings at Smithsonian. Master artist, Art Studio Owner. BFA.

Our veteran artists served our Country unselfishly; with distinction, valor and honor!
Please extend your gratitude and “thanks” by donating for their travel and lodging
expenses while they honor us with their presence during the Reception at the
UNF Lufrano Intercultural Gallery.

DONATE NOW!